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WELLENS: “We Need To Concentrate On Ourselves”

14 February 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens is urging his team to only focus on themselves heading into the final months of the season.

Latics picked up a crucial three points after beating MK Dons 1-0 last night.

Anthony Gerrard’s 40th minute header was enough to take all three points from what the manager believes was a tough game.

“We played to the conditions,” Wellens said.

“People keep saying to me that the result was the most important thing and the players applied themselves and their attitude was spot on.

“Fair play to them, they want to play expansive, good football but I thought in terms of the conditions both sets of players applied themselves really well but I thought we caused the problems a little bit more than they did.

“I’m buzzing with the result but it’s not nice to sit there and watch because you’re telling players to do stuff that you don’t want them to do, but it’s right for the situation.

“We’ve won the last two home games and that has put us in a better position that what we were.”

The win moved Wellens’ side out of the relegation zone and into 19th place in Sky Bet League One. However, he believes there’s still a lot of work to do.

“If we’re six or seven points clear with a couple of games to go then I’ll be happy,” said the manager.

“In this league at the moment the bottom 10 teams are going in cycles. Teams go on a good run and get sucked back into it.

“We need to concentrate on ourselves and we need more wins to keep climbing the table. Tonight was the first step towards that.”

Following the match against Rochdale being postponed, Latics’ next game is in nine days time at home to Southend United on Saturday, February 24.

“We’re on a high and we want the next game to be Saturday,” said Wellens.

“We need to utilise what we have got on offer to us which is a rest, the players will have a few days off at the weekend and come in and go again on Monday.

“We’ll have two or three injured players back so that’s a big plus and the squad will look a lot stronger.”

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