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Wild Disappointed After Exeter Result

29 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild couldn’t hold back his disappointment after seeing his Oldham Athletic side fall to a 1-0 defeat to Exeter City.

Latics dominated the first half but couldn’t find a way through as Ryan Bowman ended Oldham’s slim playoff hopes.

Wild wasn’t too pleased with the way his side performed in the second half.

“I was really disappointed, I thought first half we played well and were the better team against the wind.” He said.

“The keepers pulled up two or three good saves, but second half we couldn't back that up with the wind.

“Maybe people went missing, people didn't get on the ball and we didn't play through enough.

“For as good as we were first half, we were very disappointing second half.”

The Latics Head Coach gave an explanation to why he thinks the side didn’t perform in that second half and he has called on his players to start being braver when the going gets tough.

“Maybe the pressure got to us, maybe the players haven't played in games like that.” He commented.

“We let them dominate us. we let them get amongst us and that stopped us doing what we're good at.”

“We've got to be braver to stop teams getting amongst us and hampering what we're good at.”

Daniel Iversen was missing from the game due to an injury which Wild confirmed after the game with Exeter.

Zeus De La Paz came into the starting XI and showed what he can do with a number of top saves which was the one pleasing aspect for Wild.

“Daniel's had a muscle strain in his back that's gone through to his hamstring.

“We've been working all week after the Mansfield game to get him right and unfortunately he didn't come through, but Zeus deputised excellently.

“I don't think Zeus deserved to be on the losing side, he did everything to get us over the line, so fair play to him.

“When you've not had a lot of games during the season and you perform like that really pleases me, but unfortunately it was in vain.”

Despite the playoffs being out of reach, Wild wants his players to have a good end to the season starting with Newport County on Tuesday night.

“The plan is to get as many points in the last two games as possible, it's not a time for stopping now, we've had a good period and it's important we finish the season well.

“I want to give the best account of ourselves at Newport and I'll make sure we do that Monday morning.”


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