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Maouche Enjoying His Spell In The Team

18 January 2019

Midfielder Mohamed Maouche says he is enjoying life at Latics at the minute as he previewed this weekend’s match against Macclesfield Town.

It has been well documented the lack of football Maouche had last season but having been given an opportunity this campaign he says he is now showing everyone what he can do.

“I'm enjoying my football and maybe there are players better than me in the squad, but when you're playing, and things are going well you have to enjoy this time.” He said.

“Last season everyone knows it was a hard season for me, probably the worst in my career, but I kept working and I'm happy I can show people that I can help the team.”

Since caretaker manager Pete Wild took over the team, Maouche has had to adapt his position in a more advanced role.

However, the Frenchman says it is a position that he is familiar with and he will adapt his game if asked to for the sake of the team.

“It's a bit different and I've had to adapt my game.” He commented.

“When I was younger, I was playing in that position and Pete Wild has helped me in the past few games.

“I try to do my best like always, but the team always comes first then my position second.”

In the past four games Maouche has shown that he can be a real asset to this Oldham Athletic side.

He has high praise for Wild as well after working with him closely last season when the midfielder was training with the youth team.

“I trained with him last year in the youth team, so I know him well.

“He has good ideas and I remember the first day he took over as caretaker, he said a lot of encouraging things and I'm pleased to be working with him.”

Macclesfield have been resurgent since the appointment of Sol Campbell, having climbed off the bottom of the table.

Maouche believes that it’ll be a difficult test for the side and one that will be much different from last week’s game against Forest Green Rovers.

However, he says that if Latics concentrate on their own work then the side will have more than enough to take home the three points.

“It's going to be a tough game, a different game than the one with Forest Green.

“We have to be focused on our work more than expecting anything from the other teams and be ready to put our game plan into action.”

He also had high praise for the Latics supporters who he says have made noise at virtually every ground they’ve been to this season.

“The fans are simply amazing.

“They've been here all season, I remember a game really far away and they were there and even in those game they make more noise than the home fans.

“They deserve a very good team, we know that, and we all work very hard to make them proud of us.”


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