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Wild: "We Remain Professional"

Newport County vs. Oldham Athletic

30 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild has made his message clear that his side must remain professional and finish the season strongly.

Suffering his first defeat at the weekend since coming back into the First Team setup in March, the result at Exeter also saw any play-off hopes dashed, but he was quick to look ahead to the final two games of the season and especially the last away game this evening.

He said: "We were in here this morning (Monday), we de-briefed on the game. A lot of things haven't changed really, for as good as we were in the first-half, we were very disappointing in the second-half.

"Things like bravery. There's two types of bravery in football. There's putting your foot in where it hurts and there's getting on the ball when you're under pressure and we didn't do both of those in the second-half. 

"But there's a lot of young lads in here, it's a young squad. We had an open discussion in here this morning (Monday). But I've told the young lads they've got to learn from it and take it on board.

"The first thing me and Chris did after the game was we went and had a walk on the pitch and tried to analyse what we could've done better, so if we're doing that, they can do that."

With not much time to dwell on the result, the next test is at Rodney Parade and an opportunity where the home side will be desperate to keep their play-off dream alive.

"I asked the players to remain professional and to make sure we give the fans what we couldn't give them Saturday, and also make sure we finish the season strongly and that the travelling support at Newport gets their monies worth.

"And then the same Saturday. So the messages are we remain professional and we make sure we finish strongly."

Taking over a side in a loss of form. Wild mastermind an upturn but has a target of finishing in the top half come the end of the week.

"Behind closed doors I said I wanted to get into tenth as quickly as possible. So if we finish in tenth from where we were when we took over I would be pleased, wouldn't be ecstatic, but I would be pleased that we've got into the top half and into tenth."

And in terms of planning for next season now Latics will remain in League Two, he commented:

"What will happen with me I don't know. Hopefully I'll sit down with the Owner in next ten days and discuss what that is. 

"I've been planning regardless because as a Coach it's important that you are prepared and organised. So it gives me a bit more clarity of where we'll be and our target players maybe.

"There's a lot of water to go under the bridge before we get to that planning stage though."

On the playing side an update on Daniel Iversen's injury was given after Zeus De la Paz stepped into the Oldham goal at St James Park.

"Dan took part in some of training today (Monday). So whether Tuesday night he'll be 100% i'm not sure. He's going to travel and we're going to assess it as we go through the next 24 hours and then we'll make a decision on that.

"But on Zeus I thought he'd done very well on Saturday and credit to him to come in not having not a lot of game time. So either way I'm happy that we've got two good keepers in the club."


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