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Scholes Relieved To Get First Game Out Of The Way

13 February 2019

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes was pleased to complete his first game as a manager in the 4-1 win over Yeovil Town last night.

After much build up to the game Latics took home the three points thanks to goals from Jose Baxter, Callum Lang, Mohamed Maouche and Christopher Missilou.

The Latics boss was happy with the performance on Tuesday night, but he knows there will be tougher times that lie ahead.

“It's a relief to get the first one done, but it was nice, it was just the start that's all it is, there's going to be tougher tests ahead of them.” He said.

“Crewe are going really well, and we have to be ready again, I have to prepare the boys well for the game Saturday, so hopefully we can do that and hopefully we'll have a similar result.”

Although Latics dominated much of the game the new Oldham boss felt that the scoreline probably didn’t reflect how difficult the night was.

However, he was pleased with the way his side took their chances in a clinical fashion with some outstanding goals being scored.

“I think 4-1 probably doesn't reflect how difficult the night was really, Yeovil made it really difficult for us.” He commented.

“They like to play direct to Fisher, but George Edmundson and Peter Clarke had a lot to deal with and they handled it really well.

“Daniel Iversen as well, I think he was very good coming with the crosses, he held everything so that took the pressure off us a little bit.

“I was really pleased with the goals, there were some outstanding goals and I said in a press conference yesterday, I knew there was talent in this squad.”

Two men in particular sparkled last night down the left-hand side with Gevaro Nepomuceno and Johan Branger-Engone creating most of the goals.

Scholes recognised their displays and despite Nepomuceno not in his favoured position, the Latics boss thinks he can excel at fullback.

“They did they were sensational together, there's a great link between them we see that, and I know Gevaro isn't particularly interested in playing left back but he's played left back a lot in the past.

“I think he's one of the best left backs in the league from what I've seen so far but they link brilliant together I think they made the first goal and the second goal, some really good play, so yes I'm really pleased with them both.”

With Crewe up next for Latics, Scholes is keen to get back on the training ground and work with his side for a couple of days before the game.

Crewe will be no easy feat, but Scholes believes if Latics concentrate on getting their own game right then there will be no problems come Saturday.

“We’ll prepare for Crewe, we've only watched Crewe a few times as we do, we know how well they play and what a threat they can be, so we have to come up with a plan to try and beat that.

“I know I've got quality in my team, I try not to worry too much about opposition because I know the quality we have and if we play anything like we can do we'll have a chance of winning the game.”

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