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Wild “I Really Enjoyed That One"

10 February 2019

Caretaker manager Pete Wild was a happy man after seeing his Oldham Athletic team take three points away from Crawley Town.

Goals from Johan Branger-Engone, Zak Dearnley and Gevaro Nepomuceno secured a vital victory for Latics and Wild was delighted with the result.

 

"I've got to be honest, I really enjoyed that one.” He said.

“I thought the game-plan worked excellently, I thought the subs we made changed the game, just everything went the way I wanted it to go today, so I'm really happy.”

Latics had to soak up some pressure from the home side, but Wild was pleased with the way his side countered Crawley, especially in the second half.

Wild believes that this current crop of players is a group that will cause a lot of team’s problems for the rest of the season with their different ways of playing.

"We had a game-plan to sit in as we generally do as a group here, but what we've added to the group is a little bit of pace and Jose's now getting back to where he was.” He commented.

“We've got players now who can change games late and stretch teams and I thought you saw that in abundance in the second-half today.

"Every teams going to get chances, you're not going to stop a team from getting no chances in the game and I though we dealt with their shape early doors

“We got to grips with their shape at half-time, made a couple of tweaks to make it better and second-half you got what you saw and got three great finishes.”

One of the stars of the day was Branger-Engone who not only scored a fantastic freekick but set up the second as he came into his own in the second half.

Wild was full of praise for Branger-Engone who has come into some criticism this season.

"We wanted to play him off the right today because we thought we could get him cutting inside, but then he became more clinical when he came back off the left.

“He's got pace, he wants to run with the ball, he's got a great strike about him.

“He's a young lad, he's not going to have that consistency week in, week out but that's important for a club like ours to develop young lads and make them better footballers.”

Wild also had praise for young Dearnley who marked his league debut with a well taken goal.

"I thought he did well he's trained really well, and he's been a credit to us, so I'm really pleased for him.

“On your league debut to get a goal there's nothing more special.”

With plenty of media speculation surrounding the club in terms of a new manager, Wild had time to reflect on what has been a memorable journey for him personally.

"The journey has been fantastic, it has been an excellent learning curve for me and Chris (Millington) and something we're really proud of.

“It’s something that we'll go back and reflect on next week and hopefully become better for it as coaches so if times come again or if we get chance at the next level, we're better prepared.”

The fans have firmly been behind Wild in the past six weeks and he couldn’t help but get slightly emotional when he heard them all signing his name.

"It's pretty emotional I've got to be honest. I thank everybody for every nice message they've given me, all the support they've given me.

“But, not just to me, to the players, it's all about the players we're just the sideshow, we're there to try and make sure everything runs right.

“I'd like to think we've done that over the six weeks that we've been in charge and hopefully now we pass on a group that's ready for the second-half of the season challenge.”


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