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Wild Holds Hands Up For Cautious Approach

14 January 2019

Caretaker manager Pete Wild took responsibility for a slightly over cautious approach as Oldham Athletic and Forest Green Rovers played out a stalemate at Boundary Park on Saturday.

The visitors dominated the opening 30 minutes and had chances to score but for the work of Daniel Iversen and the woodwork coming to Latics’ rescue.

Latics came back into the game in the second half, but Wild held his hands up for giving Forest Green too much respect in the first half.

“I've said in the changing room, and one thing you get from me is honesty, maybe I was a little bit over cautious in the first half.” He said.

“We paid them the respect they deserved, but maybe I was too cautious in sitting off and letting them step out.

“They were a very good footballing side and they're excellent at what they do, so on reflection a little bit of learning for me.”

Oldham were forced into a change at the start of the second half as striker Chris O’Grady went off with an injury.

Despite the setback, Latics came out in the second half and had chances to nick the three points, but Wild felt a draw was a fair result in the end.

“We got we a grip of the game and playing probably ten yards higher I felt we came into in the game more, but I think it was a fair result in the end.” He commented.

“I took the shackles off in the second half, I had to make a change with Chris (O'Grady) having to come off injured.

“We looked more of a threat and we had some chances to win it, but it was a fair result.”

Wild also provided an update on the injury sustained on O’Grady.

“Chris has been playing with a knock for a couple of weeks for me and I appreciate that.

“It's just got to a point where it's to the detriment of the team and Chris, so he might have a week or so on the side lines.”

The injury to O’Grady doesn’t come at the best of times for Latics with the squad looking thin on the ground.

However, Wild will not use the injury list as an excuse in future games as he believes the squad still has enough to cope in Sky Bet League Two.

“The squad is light, but that's life.

“I've got youth team lads who can step up and do a job, so I'm not going to sit here and moan about that.

“Lads who are going out there are giving us everything they've got, and we've got Jose (Baxter) back, so we know what he can do.”

The draw with Forest Green brought end to a three-game winning streak for Wild in his caretaker role.

Wild believes the point may stand Latics in good stead come the end of the season against a side that he believes will be in the running for promotion.

“It's a useful point for us, so we've got to look at the positives.

“They're one of the sides that will be in and around the playoffs if not in the top three with how they play.

“We've come away unscathed and we move on to Macclesfield next week with as business as usual until told otherwise.”

Next up for Latics is a trip to Macclesfield Town on Saturday.

For ticket details click here.


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