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Wild Furious After Macclesfield Defeat

20 January 2019

Caretaker manager Pete Wild was raging after watching his Oldham Athletic side fall to a 2-1 defeat to Macclesfield Town yesterday.

Latics made the perfect start through Urko Vera’s first minute penalty, but the home side turned the game around leaving Wild to wonder what went wrong.

“It was uncharacteristic of us, but we were poor all over the park.” He said.

“Too many people didn't turn up, too many people thought they could come here and just roll them over.

“We made a great start with the early goal, but we simply weren't good enough all over the park.”

The Latics caretaker couldn’t really describe how his team put in that performance at the Moss Rose yesterday afternoon.

He believes that the players didn’t stick to their own strengths which is why Macclesfield were able to get the better of the side.

“I'm really sure why it was so poor because I can't play for the game for them.” He commented.

“We were sloppy, players not playing to their strengths, players thinking they're things that they're not.

“Maybe because we've done well in the past few weeks people are getting carried away with themselves, but that's slapped back down to earth today.”

Latics had been unbeaten in four going into the game with Macclesfield with confidence sky high during the week.

However, Wild believes reality has set in after he saw his side beaten by a better team on the day, despite Latics making that quick start.

“30 seconds in we're one-nil up from a move we've worked on which was great, but from then on we were poor let's not beat around the bush.

“We didn't get close enough to people, we didn't win second balls, we didn't put a tackle in that meant anything and we just got bullied.

“It's definitely a wake-up call and it shows we've got a lot of work to do.

“It shows if you don't work hard enough and you get out-muscled you get what you deserve which was what we got today.”

Wild did have sympathy for new signing Vera, who managed to grab himself a goal on debut.

Wild says that Vera isn’t quite up to speed, but he must adapt to the league sooner rather than later.

“It was tough for Urko because his last game was December 15th.

“Ideally, I only wanted to play him for 60 minutes and ease him back in but needs must.

“He had to feed off scraps all day and probably didn't get the service he desired, but that's League Two football and he'll have to come accustomed to that quickly.”

The caretaker boss also admitted that the bubble had certainly burst on his managerial reign and he offered an apology to the travelling supporters.

“It was burst with a bang today, but that's football and life.

“I take it personally because I'll walk over there at the end and thanking the fans for the support and the players should apologise to them as well.

“I would personally like to apologise because it’s me in charge and that today wasn’t good enough for them.”

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