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Wild Not Taking Notts County Lightly

31 December 2018

Caretaker manager Pete Wild is not looking at the league table when Oldham Athletic take on Notts County tomorrow afternoon at Boundary Park (3pm).

Notts County currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table, but Wild says that there can be no guarantees taken when the sides meet.

Wild also believes that Neal Ardley’s side are on the up and that the position in the table doesn’t give a full indication of the quality they possess in the squad.

“I've watched Notts County all weekend and my thoughts are is that their lucks starting to improve and they're going to be on the turn pretty quickly.” He said.

“They've got some really good players and Neal (Ardley) seems to be getting the best out of them now and they could have easily won Saturday.

“You can't underestimate them, yes, they're bottom of the league, but in my eyes, they won't be there for long.

“We've got to make sure come tomorrow 5pm they're still bottom of the league and we can't afford to take them lightly.”

After the impressive 1-4 win over Port Vale on Saturday, Latics will be going into the game full of confidence.

However, Wild says the team must make sure that confidence doesn’t turn into arrogance in tomorrow’s game.

“Confidence will be high, but we've got to conserve that confident because if it becomes arrogance then we'll end up with egg on our face.” He commented.

“We spoke on Saturday about enjoying the result, but it was all about back to work this morning and making sure we're in the right frame of mind come tomorrow 3pm.”

With the festive period coming to an end the football schedule will go back to normal in the upcoming weeks.

Wild admitted on Saturday that there were a few tired legs in the squad, but it will not be an excuse come tomorrow and he says the side will have to use their energy in the right moments.

“I think every club has the same problem, you've got to be mentally tough and play with your head which tomorrow will be like for us.

“If you go running around like a headless chicken, you're going to tire yourself out pretty quickly, so I'll be asking the players to conserve their energy and explode when they need to.

“It'll be key to tomorrow's game and it'll be the same for Notts County, so we're just going to have to utilise our energy in what is a tough period.”

778 Latics supporters made the trip to Vale Park on Saturday and created another fantastic away day atmosphere.

Wild is hoping the supporters can repeat that tomorrow against Notts County and he believes that the fans can make a massive difference to players.

“On behalf of the staff and the players, I thank the fans for Saturday.

“More of the same tomorrow please because we're going to need them, there's going to be times tomorrow where it'll be tough.

“I encourage all the fans to be patient because their support through the 90 minutes will be key tomorrow.

“It was amazing Saturday how much of a difference the fans were, and they can be the same tomorrow.”

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