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Dearnley: “You’d Die For Three Points”

22 February 2019

On-loan forward Zak Dearnley is raring to go when Oldham Athletic travel to high flying Bury tomorrow afternoon in the Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Dearnley has featured in every game since his arrival in January and he says he is enjoying every minute of it so far.

“It's been a great experience from the start, I've come in, had a terrific debut and not looked back since.” He said.

“The gaffer's put me in the team a few more times, so I'm getting the experience and loving every minute of it.”

However, the youngster has admitted that is has been tough stepping up from U23 football into first team football.

Dearnley says it’s a lot more demanding, but the experience will only benefit him in the long-term.

“It's tough because I'm not used to playing so many games in so many days.” He commented.

“I'm getting used to it and like I said it's a great experience and I'm enjoying the learning curve.”

He also admits that there are a lot of differences from academy football compared to first team football.

Dearnley believes the big difference is the significance of the fixtures, but he is someone that is up for the task of fighting for points every week.

“The big difference is the points you're playing for, it's a real game.

“You're fighting for the fans, it's their hard-working money to come watch you play, and you want to do the best for them.

“You want to die for the three points for them on weekend, you want to do well, so it's a massive difference from U23 football, but it's one I'm enjoying.”

The arrival of manager Paul Scholes has got everyone excited of the club, especially for Dearnley.

The forward’s background in football means that he is working with someone he regards highly and it’s a scenario he is currently enjoying.

“It's an exciting time for everyone and for me personally because coming from Manchester United we all know what they think of the gaffer.

“He's a legend there and there's no one better to learn off for me and we've got a great relationship already and hopefully we can build on that.

“He's been helping me off his own experiences, he's been there and done it, so whatever advice he gives me is all good advice.

“He's been there every step of the way, put his trust in me so it can only stand me in good stead.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s game, Dearnley is looking forward to playing against one of the best teams in the league.

In his last away game, he managed to find the net and he believes it would be an even sweeter moment if he found the net this Saturday.

“It's a big game, a lot of fans will be there, so we want to do well.

“The Crawley game for me was brilliant, I loved every moment and I scored my first professional goal.

“Bury will be a fantastic occasion for us all, so scoring in that game would be a nice memory to have.”

With over 2500 Latics fans making the short trip to Gigg Lane on Saturday, it sets up for another great atmosphere away from home.

Dearnley will be experiencing that sort of following for the first time in his career and he’s hoping the team can pull of a result along with the help of the supporters.

“The fans always stick by the team and they do in big games like these against Bury.

“We understand that Bury are near the top of the league, so we need them as that twelve man, but I'm sure they'll create a big atmosphere.” 

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