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Wild: "We Need To Stay Focused Now"

8 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild was delighted once again with how his side performed to record a third successive 2-0 win.

In his first away game back in charge at Latics, Wild couldn't praise his side enough for starting on the front foot again after a long journey and in the process silencing the home crowd.

"We hit them early and I'm pleased we did because it gave us a chance to hold onto something and really hold onto our lead. 

"You saw some tired boys out there who have give everything for the club in the last seven days, so to get them two early goals and then we had to do a lot of defending in the second-half against a good side.

He added: "I'm really pleased with how the lads are performing, really pleased that they're taking onto the pitch what we're asking from them.

"And I'm really pleased now that there's a character and a resilience about them that they want to work hard for each other, they want to put their bodies on the line for the team. 

"So as a Coach and the fans who made the trip they can all go home happy in the fact knowing that everybody has give what they've got for us."

Going in at the break two goals up Wild knew the Essex-based opponents were going to come out fighting to keep their play-off hopes alive and a result he saw a performance that will give everyone confidence knowing the side can grind out results in difficult circumstances.

"It wasn't pretty second-half but that's football. That's League Two football. When you get your two-nil lead you've got to do a lot of defending, you've got to withstand a lot of pressure and we did that so fair play to them.

"It's that Oldham Athletic sort of grit and determination that seems to be in abundance. So I'm not bothered what it looks like as long as they work hard."

With three wins on the bounce the side have leaped up the table but the Head Coach is adamant that everyone at the club must stay level-headed to ensure complacency doesn't creep in.

"We all need to stay focused now. The players, the staff and even the fans, we all need to make sure we don't get carried away with ourselves.

"It's been a good week, but if we get carried away with ourselves we might end up with 'egg on our face' so we need to make sure we all as a group, as a club just remain grounded and really focus in on Saturday and a big performance against Swindon."

With 254 Latics making the journey to support the side the scenes at the end were testament to their backing and the lads were quick to thank them for that.

"I thought they were excellent again today and they deserved their applause.

"From start to finish they stuck with us, even in the second-half when our backs were against the wall they were singing away.

"So first and foremost, thank you. Thank you for spending your hard earned money to come and watch the boys and just stick with us. The message is stick with us and who knows what will happen."


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