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Wild: "We're Full Of Confidence, Not Arrogance"

Exeter City vs. Oldham Athletic

25 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild is ready for what he knows is a hugely important fixture.

Reflecting back on a thrilling Easter Monday game against high-flying Mansfield, he said;

"I thought the team performed very well, I thought they implemented what we wanted well which is really pleasing and I thought it was a really good game of football, especially for the television cameras."

He added: "But I thought we were the better side so that really pleases me all round."

Getting a positive result at Boundary Park against the top sides is something that Wild has managed to do in recent games with Tranmere and now Mansfield and using that as motivation for the next test.

"We've done well against them, we've had a good run of games but we've got to make sure it continues now.

"We need to make sure going into the last week we've got three tough games, starting with Exeter on Saturday that we need to sort of relive that performance from Monday and try and get out the players more of the same."

With over a 500 mile round trip ahead, the fixture at Exeter is even more important that the last play-off spot is up for grabs, something the Grecians currently occupy.

"There's no getting away from that now. It is a crunch game but again we've got to go into it with the right mentality that it's just Exeter.

"We need to make sure we deal with Exeter and their threats and we'll be going out this afternoon to to work on their threats and make sure we're ready come Saturday to give the best account of ourselves."

Matt Taylor's side contain quality throughout and Wild respects that despite losing the hat-trick hero Stockley when the sides met in December. 

"Obviously Jayden Stockley did very well when they played here earlier in the season and he's had a really good start to the season.

"But they've got more threats now in Bowman, Law, Boateng, Lee, Martin, Williams. There's so many other threats that we have to deal with now, so we can't take it lightly.

"Their luck can change at any time. We've got to make sure it's not Saturday and we're full of confidence, not arrogance, full of confidence and make sure we're ready to make sure their good run of form doesn't start again on Saturday." He commented.

On the Latics strengths, players are coming back from injury that can only help Wild in the final three games of the regular season.

"Hopefully Johan will be back training with us today. Zak Dearnley's back in training with us today. There might be a couple that we're really waiting on ahead of the weekend and it'll be really last minute with a couple of them. 

"But we're quite hopeful. Jose's back in training today as well so we're quite hopeful that we'll have a strong side going down there on Saturday.

"It gives me a real good squad to pick from coming into this really busy seven day period. So hopefully we can use that squad wisely."

With hundreds of Oldham fans making the journey to Devon, the support received recently is a key part to any success on the pitch and more will be needed to help the cause.

"First and foremost thanks for Monday, I really enjoyed it. What an atmosphere. It was great to see Boundary Park buzzing and booming again, it really puts a smile on my face when it's like that."

He added: "500 tickets to Exeter. Wow. Why can't we make that six, seven hundred and really drive the boys forward and really get behind the team because you saw on Monday with your support from early on in the game you drove us forward and I'm sure we're going to need you.

"It's not going to go all our way on Saturday and at points in the game we're going to need you to drive us forward and just hopefully get us over the line."


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