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Wild Pleased With Workman Like Performance

2 January 2019

Caretaker manager Pete Wild was happy to see his side run out 2-0 winners over Notts County yesterday.

Goals from Tom Hamer and Captain Peter Clarke secured the three points for Latics and Wild praised the efforts of the team on New Year’s Day.

“I'll say it again, it was an Oldham Athletic performance.” He said.

“Knowing the fans as I do, they will forgive anything if you work as hard as you can and that's all I've asked of them over the past two games.

“Just work as hard as you can and then the rest will take care of itself which happened Saturday and again today.”

It turned out to be a comfortable afternoon for Latics as Notts County only really threatened on the odd occasion.

Wild believes the side fully deserved the win and that the goals came at the right time for Latics.

“I saw a more comfortable affair, without being disrespectful to them because I thought we got a foothold in the game a lot earlier than we did at Port Vale.” He commented.

“When we did score, I thought we deserved to score and went in at the break really in control of the football match which was pleasing to see.

“We spoke at half time about being on the front foot and we couldn't give them anything to grab hold of, which we did with a typical Peter Clarke goal.

“It took the pressure off a little bit, although they did come back at us, we managed to see the game out.”

As well as scoring the goal that clinched the game for Oldham, Wild was full of praise for the Captain Clarke for the help he’s given him over the past two days.

Wild also says that it’s been a collective decision process in the manager’s office with everyone having a chance to voice their opinion.

“He's (Clarke) been phenomenal, both he and Chris Millington have been fantastic for me and really helped me.

“It's been an open forum in the manager’s office, it's been everybody voice their opinion and then it's down to me to pull these opinions together and decide the best course of action.

“That's the sort of person I am, it's not my way or the highway, it's more listening to everybody and decide what's best for the team.”

Latics were without defender Rob Hunt yesterday, but Wild says it was more of a chance to give the defender a rest more than anything.

“Rob (Hunt) just picked up a little injury and we just felt he could do with that break and a couple of days to recover.

“He's played 30 odd games and he needed that rest to recuperate so he can play another 30 games.”

Being an Oldham resident and an Oldham Athletic fan, Wild has been overcome with the messages of support he’s received over the past few days.

He did however admit he was more nervous about leading the team out at Boundary Park then the away trip at Port Vale.

“I was more nervous today than I was Saturday because it's here (Boundary Park).

“I had my family here as well as four and a half thousand fans who will have an opinion on me now.

“I'm pleased to get the result and come away with no scratches on me, so it was a really good day all round.”


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