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Wellens Delighted With His Players Following Away Win

4 March 2018

Manager Richie Wellens praised his whole squad following yesterday’s 0-2 victory against Scunthorpe United.

Patrick McEleney opened his Oldham Athletic account with a goal on his debut whilst striker Eoin Doyle returned to the side after three months out and netted the second to put the game beyond doubt.

Speaking after the game, Wellens said: “There is a real positive feeling in the dressing room right now.

“It fills us with belief and we are on a really good run. I think the biggest positive today was that everyone worked as a team.

“I felt it was important we didn’t go behind early today. They start quick and they are powerful.

“Look at the back four, they are all 6”2’ tall and I thought if we were clever in and around them then we could create chances.

“It was important that the starting 11 gave us a good basis to work from and then I look at my bench and there is real positive players on there.

“Patrick and Doyle scored and Aaron Holloway was outstanding when he came on.

“You look at things now and they are a lot healthier than they were around Christmas time.”

McEleney has had to wait to make his debut after suffering an injury in training which ruled him out for a month but the gaffer was delighted to see him back out on the field.

“He is a scorer of brilliant goals but it doesn’t matter how goals go in,” admitted Wellens. “I was shouting at Jack in the first half to take the shot.

“With someone of Jack’s ability, anything can happen. It came of Patrick’s back and it asked questions of people. The first goal was fortunate but I felt we deserved the win.”

Doyle marked his long-awaited return with a goal and the manager spoke highly of the striker.

“Is he ready to start a game? No. We had an arranged friendly against Fleetwood in the week but that had to be postponed,” Wellens said.

“I wont be taking a gamble to start him in the next game but if you ask him in the situation where the game is stretched and there are opportunities into space then it’s a great option to have.

“Kicking the ball into the net is the hardest thing in football to do but he just knows. When he gets in that situation then you never doubt him.

“I’m really pleased for him because he’s come back and he’s hit the ground running.”


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