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Scholes Doesn't Want To Dwell Too Much On Result

Oldham Athletic vs. Crewe Alexandra

17 February 2019

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes was open and honest about the 1-1 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra, in a game that he thought was a fair result.

Taking charge of his second game on the touchline at Boundary Park in his first week at the club he always knew the Railwaymen were going to prove tough opposition.

"It was a difficult game, I think Crewe probably deserved a point in the end, a draw was probably a fair result. We got a good goal, obviously a great kick from Dan [Iversen] and good finish from [Callum] Lang. 

He added: "But in the second-half it was coming, we made a lot of mistakes really which was disappointing, we gave a lot of fouls away and the ball kept coming into the box and we didn't really stop that as we wanted too and we felt the goal was coming and they deserved it."

Despite taking the lead through a superbly executed 'route one' attack in the first-half, the visitors came out fighting after the interval and continued to mount pressure on the Latics goal, eventually resulting in a 93rd minute equaliser. Much to the disappointment of the Oldham supporters inside the ground.

"It's always frustrating when you concede a goal, when it is, is irrelevant really obviously being so late on there is not much time to get up the other end and score, but in the second-half we never really looked like we were going to score anyway and give Crewe credit they played well, played some good stuff and thoroughly deserved their draw. 

"We struggled to create a bit today I suppose. It's difficult on that pitch, I don't want to make excuses because I know the players are good enough to do better than what they did today, but we're asking them to play football, asking them to create chances and score goals on that pitch it became difficult to really get any kind of play going that we would of hoped for. I think a draw was probably a fair result in the end."

The pressure doesn't let up for Scholes and his players though as the third consecutive home game arrives on Tuesday night back under the lights after the postponement only a couple of weeks ago due to the freezing temperatures. So it's a case of rest up and go again.

"The next couple of days for us are a day off tomorrow and we go again Monday. We can't rest too much on this result today, ok it's disappointing they scored late on but we've not lost a game, it's not a complete disaster. There's so many games thick and fast you can't afford to think about what's happened, I'll go home tonight, the lads will go home thinking about the game I suppose for a little bit and then a nice day off tomorrow and get ready to go again Monday."

One worry from the Crewe fixture was the substitution of the on-loan Callum Lang. Whilst he scored his tenth goal of the season in a Latics shirt, his removal part way through the second-half due to injury was not what Scholes wanted to see.

"He's a little bit stiff Callum, we'll have to see how he is, Tuesday might be a bit of a push. He's a young lad and played a lot of football, he's the lad that does the most running every single game as you can probably tell. So we'll have a look at him Monday but I think he'll be doubtful for Tuesday."

On the flip side it was a welcomed boost in his attacking options with the return of the Belgian, Jonathan Benteke, who has caught his eye since he came in.

"I've been impressed with him in training. I've said to all the lads if you're training well you'll get a chance on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday night and I've been impressed with him. He didn't do a lot in the game today but it's a start for him."

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