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Dearnley Delighted With Dream Debut

10 February 2019

Debutant goalscorer Zak Dearnley was over the moon with how his first senior game in professional football went.

Dearnley won the freekick leading to Johan Branger-Engone’s opener before calmly slotting home a second to effectively kill the game off for Latics.

After the game, Dearnley was certainly pleased with his afternoon’s work. 

"It's a great experience for me, my first professional league game and goal what more could you want.” He said.

“It was a great atmosphere out there and like I said a great experience and I loved it, every minute of it.

After having his debut delayed due to the postponed fixture last Saturday, Dearnley was desperate to make his mark.

A young man with a lot of confidence, the on-loan Manchester United man was determined to mark the occasion with a goal.

"I just thought go for goal when I got the ball, I said to the boys before if I come on, I want to score.” He commented.

“If it’s your first professional league game then it's all you think about, it's a dream you just want to do the best for the team.

“The last game got delayed but, in a way, it was good because it gave me time to prepare, get to know the lads more and it was great experience all together.”

After spending a couple of weeks at the club, Dearnley is starting to settle into life at Oldham Athletic.

He’s been soaking up the experience so far and he says it will only get better as time goes on.

"I've gone on loan for the first time, I've not known anything else but Manchester United, so everything is a great experience to come see the lads, see the different managers, the way they prepare for games it's great, so I'm loving every minute of it.”

With Latics getting back to winning ways, Dearnley believes that if the side can put together some results then the side can go a long way this season.

"I think the club can go very far with us only being nine points off the play-offs now.

“With 16 games left I think we've got a great bunch of lads and I think we can go well together, especially if we get our heads down and work hard in training.”

The young forward was also complimentary of caretaker manager Pete Wild who may have served his last game in caretaker charge if the media speculation is anything to go about.

"He's been brilliant, he's took me in like one of his own and loved every minute of it.

“He's helped me settle in, made me feel welcome, comfortable and he's been great for not just me, but all the lads."


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