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Wild Praises Impact Of Subs

Oldham Athletic 2-2 Swindon Town

15 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild was left frustrated at the overall performance of his side against Swindon at the weekend.

Going into the fixture at Boundary Park on the back of three consecutive victories, Wild felt his side didn't carry on showing their true potential.

"I didn't think we were good enough. I thought we showed patches of what we can play and how we can play but we didn't do it consistently enough and I thought you saw that in the result. 

"You can't play like that for long periods of the game and expect to win football matches."

He added: "We've scored early again, brilliant. But we just looked one pace today. Looked lethargic, slow, off the boil. Which is disappointing really because of such a good week we've had.

"There were a few tired bodies out there, it gives us something to think about really going into the Easter period of how we manage the squad now. So it's a learning curve for me and Chris [Millington] as well."

On the pitch it looked like Latics were going to take a lead at the interval but referee Coy awarded Swindon a chance to draw level from the spot. On reflection Wild made his thoughts on the decision known.

"I've seen it back and it's never a penalty. He's hit the deck so easily it's ridiculous. So it's not a pen for me first and foremost.

"Alright from the referee's angle he's got a decision to make, I get that, but it's not a penalty. So yeah, I'm disappointed at that."

The visitors took advantage of the penalty but it didn't change how he approached his half-time team talk.

"But from that sides of things did it change my team talk, no. We needed to get into them at half-time and try and liven them up because they were too one pace first-half."

With that in mind Wild introduced Baxter, Sylla and Afolayan in the second-half and all three players made positive contributions on the Boundary Park pitch.

"I've praised the subs. I thought they changed the game, I think if we hadn't made the substitutions we'd have got beat.

"So fair play to the subs, I thought they come on, changed the game and looked lively and give us an impetus to try and get a result out of the game."

Four games in now as Head Coach and Wild is still unbeaten but knows it's going to be a challenging period over Easter with plenty to work on to ensure results and performances remain positive.

"The lads have worked ever so hard and I can never fault their application, their effort and their desire to implement plans, we just didn't look our normal fiery self and that's food for thought for me and Chris now going into the Easter weekend."

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