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Wild “We Need To Improve On The Ball”

27 January 2019

Caretaker manager Pete Wild was a dejected figure after Oldham Athletic bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup away at Doncaster Rovers yesterday.

A Ben Whiteman doubled, including a controversial late minute penalty, was enough to see the home side through.

Wild was pleased with how his team stand withstood pressure throughout the contest, but he admitted that the players need to dictate the ball better.

“I thought we had to do a lot of defending first half and we knew that.” He said.

“We sat in, stayed tight and soaked up the pressure which I thought we did well apart from the one where Peter's cleared it off the line.

“I thought we nullified their threat, come out second half and came more into the game as we wanted to.

“I thought we looked a threat in the second half, however we've got to keep the ball better.

“We're good at soaking up pressure, but we've got to do better when we're breaking teams down and I don't think we were great at that aspect today.”

Doncaster had the better of the first half with Daniel Iversen making several saves to keep Latics in the game.

Although the side grew into the game, Wild was still disappointed with the attacking play which he says has been evident in the past few weeks.

“We grew into the game and we started to look more of a threat, but again we've got to stay on the ball and stay on the ball in their half.” He commented.

“The last few games we don't seem to enjoy the ball in their half enough and if you don't do that, you'll struggle to find goals.

“I think we're a team that defends well, but we can't just be that otherwise we won't win many games.”

Wild was also unhappy with the display of the officials after they awarded Doncaster a last-minute penalty for a handball against Peter Clarke.

Replays show that the ball did not connect with the Captains hand and it seemed to be the assistant referee who gave the decision, despite being over 40 yards away from the incident.

The caretaker boss says the officials refused to speak to him after the game.

“I've seen it back and it's not a penalty.

“It's clear as day it's not a penalty, so it's the weird and wonderful world of officials and I'll leave it there.

“He didn't want to speak to me after the game, I just got fobbed off so what can I do.”

Up next for Latics is a trip to promotion chasing MK Dons on Tuesday night.

The quick turnaround provides an opportunity to bounce back, but Wild says work is needed on the training ground if they are to get back to winning ways.

“We need to see who's fit first, we need to brush them down look at what went wrong today and rectify that really quickly on Monday.”


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