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O'GRADY: “We’ve Got Nothing To Fear”

28 September 2018

Striker Chris O’Grady believes that Oldham Athletic have nothing to worry about when facing any opposition in the Sky Bet League Two.

O’Grady also says that the team have made a solid start to the season and the game at Swindon Town will be another fixture Latics will look to try to win.

“They're just another team in this division, there's nothing to be scared of at all, so we'll just be looking to continue our away form and just treating this as another game.” He said.

“It's been another good week of preparation for this weekend obviously because of the way we came back against Colchester, so we go into this one with plenty of confidence.”

The experienced forward re-joined Latics in the summer, 10 years after his first stint at Boundary Park and he has featured in every single fixture so far this season.

After a couple of tough years at other clubs, O’Grady is starting to feel the enjoyment again this season and he puts a lot of it down to manager Frankie Bunn who has shown a lot of faith in the 32-year-old.

“It's vitally important, especially for myself to have faith shown in me, I think in general for footballers just to be believed in gives you that extra boost to get the best out of yourself.” He explained.

“Hopefully it’s reflecting in some of my performances, but we've had a good start and we're just looking to build, both personally and as a team, so I want to keep contributing towards more good results.”

O’Grady also says he’s rediscovered some passion again when performing on the pitch, another trait that Bunn has brought to the squad.

“I'm learning about being more passionate because I can see it in the manager, at various clubs in the past I’ve had managers where the club means something to them and it's refreshing to see again.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had that, so to be back part of something like this means you go on the pitch and try and bring the passion that the manager has on the touch line into performances.”

Latics will be looking to build on their unbeaten away record when they travel down to Swindon on Saturday afternoon.

O’Grady believes that teams visit Boundary Park with a more defensive mindset which may be why Oldham have had more success in the away fixtures.

“Teams come to Boundary Park and use certain tactics by wasting time and slowing things down, but we're not one of them teams, when we go away we play the same style, playing with a high tempo, going toe to toe and looking for the win.

“We’ve just got to be solid and fight together, we go down as a team and show that togetherness in order to get a result.

“It’s not as comfortable as playing at home, so we have to show resilience which we've so far done and hopefully that’ll continue on Saturday.”

Latics take on Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday, September 29, 3pm kick off.

Tickets can still be purchased here.


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