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Clarke Pleased To Get On The Scoresheet

9 December 2018

Captain Peter Clarke was happy to contribute with his second goal in as many games as Oldham Athletic secured a 0-2 win away at Crewe Alexandra yesterday.

Clarke opened the scoring with a thunderbolt of a strike into the top corner before Chris O’Grady doubled Latics’ lead later in the first half.

The Latics Captain said it was probably the best goal he’s even scored in his long career.

“It wasn't bad, the ball came across and there were oceans of space in front of me.” He said.

“My first touch was ok then the second one was out of my feet and I thought why not.

“I did catch it sweet, I think it was slightly wind assisted, but even so I caught it sweet and as soon as I hit it, I felt it was going to trouble the keeper and it flew past him thankfully.

“It's probably the best I've scored for various reasons, I've scored goals and they've been important, but in terms of one-off goals that's got to be the best.”

Clarke also praised the team as a collective as Latics saw off their opponents with relative ease to claim the three points.

Two goals and a clean sheet summed up a perfect away display in the eyes of the Oldham skipper.

“I thought it was a fantastic away performance.” He commented.

“The conditions were really tricky, there was strong wind, the rain really came down and there were areas of the pitch that were very wet.

“We dealt with the conditions and I felt we played some decent stuff as well as seeing out the game in a thoroughly professional performance.”

The win meant that Latics made it seven unbeaten in all competitions as they went up a place to 12th in the league table.

Clarke says the team are enjoying this good spell of form, but he knows that they can’t get too far ahead of themselves.

“We don't want to get ahead of ourselves because this group and the manager are still in its early days.

“We knew it wasn't going to click overnight, we knew there was plenty of work to be done on the training pitch and everyone's been willing to do that.

“Hopefully now we're seeing some of the benefits of it.”

A big week lies ahead for Latics with two local derbies coming up against Rochdale and Bury.

It provides a chance to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy and to close the gap on the playoff places and Clarke believes the squad will be up for the task.

“We're well aware of the fixtures coming over the course of this next week, firstly we'll enjoy the victory today.

“We know there’s plenty of hard work to come and two derby games in the week we'll go into well prepared and looking for the win.”


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