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Scholes Back Under The Boundary Park Lights

Oldham Athletic vs. Morecambe FC

18 February 2019

The Oldham Athletic Manager wants fans to come back out to support his side again.

Managing his third game in the space of week, Paul Scholes has had to learn and adapt quickly as the club look to keep their ambitions of climbing up the table.

On Tuesday night (19th February, 7:45pm), Latics host a Morecambe side who need the points just as much to keep their league status and Scholes is under no illusions they pose a similar threat to his last two opponents at Boundary Park. 

"Training was good today, we did a little video on Morecambe this morning to make them aware of what they'll be up against tomorrow night which probably isn't too dissimilar to the first two games we've had. Training was good, sharp and obviously still a little bit of disappointment from Saturday conceding late on but hopefully we've prepared well and they're ready to go tomorrow. 

He added: "They're very similar to both teams we've played, I think they'll be direct, they'll play if they're allowed to play as well. We know that and obviously have a couple of big threats in [Richard] Bennett the centre-forward who's a good player and [Kevin] Ellison's experience who's scored some really good goals and for his age has done really well. But I don't want to worry too much about them, we've got some talented players ourselves and hopefully we can concentrate on ourselves more than them."

Seven days ago, Paul Scholes was unveiled by the club to a media frenzy at Boundary Park and has since orchestrated an emphatic home win under the lights, had a handful of training sessions with his squad and also took a point against Crewe, whilst learning valuable lessons along the way.

"It's been good, it's been hectic with games all the time which has been difficult because you haven't got time to train. It's difficult to gage how much training is enough for them really, there's a lot of people feeling stuff which is difficult to manage but we have to find a way of doing that and if we have to cut training in half then so be it."

Two active players who are receiving treatment are Tom Hamer and Callum Lang and a quick update was provided.

"Both are still a little bit sore, Tom from his clash last week is still feeling the effects and is hoping to be training towards the end of the week. 'Langy' is stiff as well and we'll see how he is tomorrow."

It's another night game for the Oldham fans to support the club and Scholes is aware his side have a huge part to play to keep the excitement and positivity going.

"Just keep coming, keep getting behind us. We'll try and give you what you want, that's what we're here for. We'll try and entertain, we'll try and score goals. 

"We did that the first night, Saturday was a little bit different it was a bit of a tougher game really. We looked a little bit tired I thought at times but that was probably my fault for training too much, too long on the Friday but we have to learn from that. Overall, I'm pleased and like I say let's hope we can get the fans back through the gates and start to try to play some entertaining football."


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