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WELLENS: “We’re Going To Have To Change”

28 January 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens has vowed to change his style in order to get results following the defeat against Plymouth Argyle.

Latics conceded two goals early in yesterday’s match, which was enough for the visitors to take all three points at SportsDirect.com Park.

Craig Davies’ effort in the second half was turned in by a Plymouth defender but despite the spirited fightback Derek Adams’ men managed to hang on to claim the points.

Richie Wellens was disappointed with the 2-1 loss: “For the first 25 minutes there was a real lull in the game, it was quiet, nothing was really happening and then all of a sudden you’re 2-0 down,” he said.

“There wasn’t a midfield player on the edge of the box to mark their player who scored. Then instead of consolidating for a bit and getting back into the game we concede a second goal.

“We’re going to have to change a little bit with the way we play. The second goal comes from us making two short passes, they knick it, ball goes out wide and the ball bounces off Johny Placide.

“We needed to change something; we were 2-0 down. I was going to take one of the midfielder players off and I took Ousmane Fane off because he was struggling with his groin anyway. Being 2-0 down we didn’t need a defensive midfield player.

“I thought Duckens Nazon was a threat when he came on and could have had a goal or two, so the signs from him are very positive.”

Latics remain in the bottom three having played more games than the teams around them.

“It doesn’t matter what the other teams do we need to try and get to 54 points to stay in the league,” the manager said.

“For too many games now we’ve played well and lost. We need to start changing the mindset, we need to play badly and win.”


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