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Hamer “We’ve Bounced Back Well”

2 January 2019

Defender Tom Hamer says the team have responded well to the recent Boxing Day defeat following the two wins over Port Vale and Notts County.

Hamer says the team spirit has pulled them through the sticky patch and he also mentioned how pleased he was for caretaker manager Pete Wild.

“We've bounced back well, you can see the team spirit is still there after a difficult Boxing Day.” He said.

“I'm really happy for Pete (Wild), he's an Oldham lad through and through so I'm pleased for him.”

Hamer has experience of working with Wild from the youth team and he happy to be reunited in the first team with the caretaker boss.

“He's not one of them managers that is strict, he was the assistant manager last year and he comes across as the good cop.” He commented.

“I've known him for three/four years now and I'm happy he's been given a chance to manage the first team, it’s nice to be working with him again.”

In terms of the game, Hamer himself managed to get on the scoresheet as well as Captain Peter Clarke as Latics secured the three points.

Hamer believes that they fully deserved the win against Notts County.

“The first half weren't too bad, they weren't putting any pressure on us.

“They set up in a 3-5-2, but their left wing-back was more defensive, so I had plenty of time on the ball.

“Second half they came for us a bit more, but then the sending off sealed the game for us, so it turned out to be a good day.”

Hamer opened the scoring with a cross come shot, which he claims was intentional.

“I saw the keeper off the line, so I decided to have a go.

“I'll have to get it on my phone and show a few of the lads if they've already seen it, so it's one for the memories.”

Despite the debate around whether he meant it or not, Hamer says he prefers playing right back in order for moments like that.

“When you've got time on the ball you can get forward more which is why I prefer playing right back to centre back.

“I can play both, but I enjoy right back more because you get the chance to score goals like I did today.”

Next up for the side is the Emirates FA Cup third round away at Fulham.

Although league action has been the priority over the festive period, Hamer admits that the Fulham game has been in the back of his mind.

“It's one game at a time, but in the back of your head you're thinking of big games like that.

“We're taking over 4000 fans down which will be brilliant to play in front of if I'm selected.”

Hamer believes the side will be full of confidence following the past two games and he also believes the side can cause an upset.

“To win these two games leading up to the Fulham game is a good sign because we'll be full of confidence going into that game.

“They're the games you look forward to, we have to play at our best and hopefully we can win because it's a winnable game.

“We don't want to get too ahead of ourselves because it's going to be tough, but I reckon if we play like we've been playing we've got a good chance.”


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