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Banide Looking To Push On

22 August 2019

Head Coach Laurent Banide is hopeful that his side can build on their first point of the season when Oldham Athletic take on Cambridge United this Saturday.

Latics and Exeter City played out a stalemate on Tuesday night at Boundary Park and the Head Coach knows that his side must now put a run of results together.

“We need to continue, it's important to gain some results for the confidence of the team.” He said.

“It's important to push the team because we can do more and we can do better.

“Step by step we must rise to a better level, but we're trying, and I think we can bring out the potential in this team.”

Mohammed Maouche and Christopher Missilou both sat out the draw with Exeter with injuries, but after training this morning, Banide says they should be ok for the weekend.

The 51-year-old believes the return of the pair will provide stiff competition within the squad.

“They're feeling well, it's important for the group to have all the players available because it provides good competition, so it's good news.” He commented.

The squad took part in an open training session this morning in front of the Latics fans who attended Boundary Park.

The youngsters in the stands were invited onto the pitch and Banide believes it is important for the players to interact with the supporters.

“It was important because we have a lot of fans, especially the young ones who were here today.

“They've watched the players then come onto the pitch to have some fun with the players and a few shots at goal.”

“It was a nice situation to be in and important to build those relationships.

“It's fantastic to see because these young fans need to dream, maybe one day they play for Oldham, so it's important for these children to have dreams of maybe playing in the first team.”

The opponents on Saturday, Cambridge have made a decent start to the Sky Bet League Two season having won two and drawn two to leave themselves sat in third position.

Banide understands it’ll be a tough test at the Abbey Stadium, but he wants to concentrate on getting things right with his own side before they can concentrate on other sides.

“For the moment we are focused about ourselves, we know the qualities of other teams because there are some good teams in this division.

“However, we must focus on our team and that is the important thing at the moment.”

The Latics Head Coach says his team will be going to Cambridge for the three points on Saturday, but he knows his side must continue to improve on previous performances.

“Every time we need to play for the three points.

“We need to play well and better than we have done to take those three points.

“We must find a solution; we give too much away to our opponents in terms of opportunities and we need to work to be better with the ball.

“There's a lot of work, but we try to do that each day.”

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