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Clarke: “It Was A Real Shift From Everybody”

8 April 2019

Captain Peter Clarke was delighted with his teammates performances as Oldham Athletic beat Colchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Iacovitti opened the scoring for Latics before Callum Lang grabbed the vital second goal to give Oldham the perfect start.

Latics had to withstand a lot of pressure in the second half, but three wins in the week left Clarke delighted with how results have gone.

“It's been a great week, nine points from the three games, so we're really pleased.” He said.

“We started the game well, got ourselves in front and it could have been more in that first half.

“We knew the second half would be difficult, we were up against a side who have been up there throughout the season, so we knew they would put a lot of pressure on us.

“We stood firm and managed to take the three points which we're delighted with.”

Across those three fixtures, Latics have started those games on the front-foot which is something Head Coach Pete Wild has implemented since being appointed.

Clarke says that the starts have helped set up the side for these recent victories.

“You want to start any game well and set your tone for the rest of the afternoon.” He commented.

“We've managed to do that over the course of the games this week and we're well pleased with that.”

Clarke had a part to play in the opening goal as his goal bound effort was turned in by Iacovitti inside the six-yard box.

Iacovitti has come into the side during recent times and Clarke says he has settled into the back four nicely.

“Callum's (Lang) done well to nod it down and I've lashed at it, whether it would have gone in I don't know, but Alex has got the final touch.

“If I'm honest, I'm not bothered if it's me or someone else as long as it goes into the back of the net.

“Alex has come in and he's quite vocal, he knows the job and he's settled in really quickly, so he can be pleased with his performances so far.”

Latics have also kept three clean sheets during the three games, something that Clarke, as a defender, is delighted with.

However, he says it’s not just done to the defence and the goalkeeper, but overall a team effort which starts from the front.

“As a defender you're always delighted with clean sheets.

“We had to withstand a fair amount of pressure, the boys at the back have put their bodies on the line, but that's what we're there to do.

“Overall there was a real shift from everybody involved today, everyone who was on the pitch all did really well.”

Latics take on Swindon Town next and Clarke says focus has already switched onto that game.

“We've ticked off another one on the list of games remaining and we'll now focus our attentions onto Saturday.”

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