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Clarke: “You Can Only Look To The Next Game”

21 September 2018

Captain Peter Clarke believes the side need to keep their feet grounded and concentrate on the next game with Colchester United, despite the fact Oldham Athletic sit sixth in the table.

Latics currently occupy a play-off spot, but Clarke says if the team get too carried away it could cause problems.

“The league's only in its infancy and it's a cliché, but you can only look to the next game, if you look any further ahead than that then you're giving yourself the opportunity to slip up.” He said.

“If you concentrate week by week, game by game it’s the best way of going about things and you can never get too carried away with yourself because there's plenty of pitfalls along the way.”

However, Clarke does admit that the result at Grimsby Town last weekend has set up a positive week on the training pitch.

“It's been a good week, it's always nice to win, I felt first half we didn’t play to the best of our capabilities, but they made it very tough for us.” He commented.

“A few words were said at half time and I thought second half we were excellent and ultimately went on to win the game comfortably, so it’s made for a good week and it’s been hard work, but that’s the norm.”

Clarke also believes that this current crop of Oldham Athletic players is pulling together nicely and adjusting to life in League Two well.

“There’s some excellent lads and good players who have a got a very strong team ethic and there's no real individuals who are causing the club issues, so there's a real togetherness.

“League Two is enjoyable, but it's a different sort of challenge at times compared to previous seasons and levels but it’s nice to be out there on a Saturday playing games and ultimately winning games.”

Clarke has been joined in the middle of the defence by George Edmundson for much of the campaign and the two have formed a formidable partnership.

The two have kept three cleans sheets when paired together so far this season and Clarke has high praise for the academy product.

“I can't speak highly enough of George, he's been brilliant, he's like a sponge he wants to learn and is willing to learn every day in training.

“He's a pleasant young man and his performances up to now this season have been great and he’s a credit to himself and his family the way he goes about his job with the minimum of fuss and maximum of effort.”

Colchester United sit a point above Latics and they have scored the most goals in the league so far season, so Clarke is expecting a tough game this Saturday in front of the Boundary Park crowd.

“It’ll be a good game, we've worked hard this week preparing for it and we believe we’ve got enough quality in the dressing room to gain a positive result and come away with the points.

“It was a great win across at Grimsby, the support was fantastic and the fans that travelled were brilliant, so it would be great to come back to Boundary Park and get a similar result.

“Hopefully we can give the fans a real good afternoon and make their weekend a little better and put some smiles on faces two weeks running.”


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