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Wild: "We're Picking Some Form Up"

Cheltenham Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic

20 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild admitted that despite controlling the game against Cheltenham his side just lacked that cutting edge as they went five games unbeaten.

On the goalless encounter, he said;

"I felt we controlled large parts of the game, I thought we dominated the ball and when we didn't have the ball we had control of the game. 

"So we were really happy with how we did that in the match we just couldn't get over the line. 

"We huffed and puffed, we tried putting some legs on there, even put Rob Hunt on, on the right hand side to just try and give us some legs and see if we could get a winner with some pace and unfortunately it didn't work for us."

With two changes to the starting line-up, one was in attack with Afolayan replacing O'Grady and the reasoning for this was explained due to the tactical battle.

"We thought we could get down the sides of them a little bit more and we thought Dapo would offer us a little bit more pace up there. 

"Like I say, we dominated large parts of the game we just couldn't find that killer edge to it to get the ball over the line."

On not being able to score that all-important goal to get the three points, Wild knew it was the fine margins that cost his side.

"Maybe we took one touch too many. Maybe we didn't get our shots away quick enough. Or maybe didn't slip people in when there were runs being made. 

"They're the fine margins in football matches but all-in-all, another clean sheet so really pleased with that. Two goals conceded in five games, five unbeaten.

"So we've got to take the positives from it and I thought we'd done really well we just couldn't get over the line.

"We're picking some form up now so we've got to be happy with that." He commented.

Making a change at the interval with Sylla coming on for Baxter, Wild confirmed it was forced.

"Jose was injured, he had a tight hamstring so had to come off at half-time. But Sylla when he came on again has had an impact in the game which is really pleasing.

"He'll be assessed before Mansfield and we'll see how he is for Monday."

Onto Mansfield on Easter Monday in front of the Sky Sports cameras and the quick turnaround proves an even tougher challenge against a side aiming for automatic promotion.

"It's another tough game for us. I know they've won by four before playing us this weekend and for me are one of the best sides, if not the best side in the league. So I'm really looking forward to coming up against them.

"They play a similar way to Cheltenham so that'll be pleasing that we can sort of hopefully tweak and check things for Monday."

He added on the threat from the Stags: "I'm expecting pace, a quick moving team, threat off set pieces. So we're going to have to be at our best on Monday to combat that.

"We'll get rested up, work over the weekend to make sure we're lively and sharp for Monday."

The game on Monday 22 April (3pm KO) is a ticket promotion by Latics with adults gaining entry for just £5 on the turnstile and Wild wants to see people come to the ground to give his side some extra support.

"Fans make the choices whether to come to Boundary Park or not but the club have put a really good offer on. 

"You're now seeing a team that's really resilient and now seeing a team that's really trying hard to win football matches for you, so get yourself down on Easter Monday and support the lads because hopefully you won't be disappointed."


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