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Wild Expecting Another Tough Test Against Colchester

5 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild is looking ahead to the next game as Oldham Athletic take on Colchester United in the Sky Bet League Two fixture tomorrow afternoon.

Latics come into the game after back-to-back wins over Grimsby Town and Tranmere Rovers and Wild look back on the Tuesday night win as a proud moment.

“I was really pleased with the performance and how the lads implemented everything we had worked on.” He said.

“We looked back on the game and it's even better looking back in the fact that our team shape with and without the ball was good at times.

“It's a testament to the staff for what we're putting across to them, but it's also a testament to the players because they've gone out there and done what we asked of them.”

Oldham will be full of confidence going into the game with Colchester, but Wild has stated that his side will not look too far past their Essex opponents.

“The players should be proud of themselves and proud of the effort they put in, but now all efforts go to Colchester.” He commented.

“If we can have more of the same Saturday, then we stand ourselves in good stead against a very good Colchester side.”

The wins have propelled Latics back into the top half of the table, however they may have come at a cost after the effort the players put in across the two games.

Wild admitted that he had two different groups training yesterday, with those who played on a recovery session.

“There's been two groups training, we've had a recovery group and we've had a group training to get something into their legs.

“I'm fully aware that it's a long trip tomorrow, so it's about resting and recuperation now because we did the hard work in the International break.

“The works also been done in the last two matches in terms of team shape and how we're going to set up.

“It's about looking after them now and making sure they're ready for Saturday.”

One person missing from Tuesday’s squad was Manchester United loanee Zak Dearnley and Wild admits that he won’t be ready for the weekend.

However, Dapo Afolayan has been training and Wild declared him fully fit for the trip to Colchester.

“Zak's had a couple of niggles and knocks recently, so we felt it was time to bring him out.

“He won't be ready for the weekend, but hopefully over the next three- or four-days recovery and work with the physio will mean he's ready for next week.

“Dapo's fully fit and he comes into contention for Saturday.

“We're starting to get people back around the squad and really competition for places is heating up.

“It's a headache for me and Chris, but it's a really good headache to have in terms of the players.

“The players who trained this morning are chomping at the bit because they want to get back into this team.”

Colchester are currently just outside the playoffs meaning Saturday’s game will be no easy task once again for Latics.

Four of the last five games between the two sides have ended in a draw, so it’s no surprise that Wild is expecting a tight affair.

“It won't be an easy task and the good thing is that we're playing teams in and around us, so it's a testing time for us which will show what we're made of.

“They've had a really good season, so we go there maybe as the underdogs, but we're confident and really keen to get a result to keep pushing the season along.

“It's usually a tight affair against Colchester, but we'll go there with a positive mindset and we're going there to win the game.”

With games coming up against teams in and around Latics, some might say that there is a chance to creep into the top seven.

However, Wild played down those thoughts as he strongly believes the side should be taking it one game at a time.

“It's one game at a time and that's firmly the message in our changing room.

“We're not looking past Saturday because if you do you come a cropper, so I don't want that.

“I'm really just focused on Saturday and if we start putting points on the board then we'll start to re-evaluate things in the upcoming weeks.”

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