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Wild: "Our Season Continues"

Oldham Athletic 3-2 Mansfield Town

23 April 2019


Wild: "Our Season Continues"

Oldham Athletic 3-2 Mansfield Town

23 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild was extremely proud of his side's performance during the dramatic Easter Monday fixture.

An important game for both sides there was an added edge with the fixture being shown live on Sky Sports and Wild used that to his advantage before kick-off.

"I said to the players there is only one reason why Sky were still here and it wasn't for us. 

"They came to see Mansfield's promotion party, so let's go and prove a point on the telly and show what good players and what good lads they are and I thought you saw that in abundance."

Scoring first again, Latics took the lead through Gevaro Nepomuceno before Mohamed Maouche doubled in the second-half. What followed was an exciting fixture that didn't disappoint, with Nepomuceno getting his second with the Stags pulling a goal back at 2-0 and 3-1 to keep the tension high.

Recapping the afternoon, Wild said;

"I thought it might have been a basketball game too early. It was just end-to-end stuff, Langy puts that in and it kills the game but even when they went a little bit more direct, a little bit longer I never felt like...

"Let's be honest it would've been a travesty if we lost the game, absolute travesty because we were the dominant team throughout the game."

He added: "But you've got to take your chances. I believe it was onside their last goal, but it's about time we got a bit of luck as well.

"Danny Rose when he came on, he was more a threat in behind and they changed their shape to a 4-3-3 that caused us a lot more problems. 

"They're the best team in the league in my opinion and they've got so much threat and so much force going forward. So you've got to withstand that and I thought you saw that from a really good Oldham Athletic side."

Following a goalless draw down at Cheltenham days early, Wild always sets his team up to win and understands that tactics need to be changed depending on the opponent.

"I was disappointed with the fans giving us stick actually about the fact that the we were too negative at Cheltenham. We did everything to try and win the game, we just couldn't score.

"So I think we backed that up against Mansfield and we'd done that really well and scored some really good goals and could've had more. 

"My teams aren't negative, my teams are a positive and if we don't score it's not for the lack of trying. What you saw was one of my teams."

The focus as always is on the next opponent and it's a long journey to Exeter, a side who currently sit in the last remaining play-off spot that is highly sought after by a number of teams.

"It's a really big week. It reminds me of 92-93 and the great escape when we had to win three in a week.

"But at least our season continues now. We go to Exeter, where they've recently drawn, so they're in a nervy state of affairs.

"Mansfield were pretty nervy in the first-half, so we've got nothing to lose now. We can just go and express ourselves and if we're good enough we'll come away with a result."

With a side giving their all on Easter Monday it's a case of continue to work hard for the cause.

"The boys are goosed if I'm honest. They should be really proud of their efforts though.

"I say every week if you run as hard as you can, tackle, head and you play how you should do the fans will go home happy whether you win or lose.

"For me I can go home now and sit on the sofa and go 'you know what, they've give us everything they got". 

With only three games left, it's a simple solution but hard task that three victories will see an extension to the season, so the support is needed more than ever.

"I encourage you to try and get down for the last week and see if we can finish the season well.

"So if you're not doing anything in the next week get yourself to Exeter, Newport and then Northampton here."

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