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Wild Wanting To Put Things Right

28 January 2019

Caretaker manager Pete Wild is hoping his Oldham Athletic side can put their run of three games without a win behind them when they travel to MK Dons tomorrow night.

Latics were unfortunate to be knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday and Wild still maintains his opinions on certain decisions from the game.

However, he did reiterate the need for the side to keep the ball better when they take on promotion chasing MK Dons.

“Saturday was very disappointing, I still maintain the two major decisions in the game the referee got wrong, but what's done is done.” He said.

“We've got to move forward, we've trained this morning and we're ready to go again.

“We've discussed that we need to be better in possession and hopefully we can rectify that tomorrow night.”

Latics will be without the suspend Peter Clarke for the trip to Stadium MK and Wild believes Latics’ Captain will be a huge miss.

However, he believes it’s a chance for someone else to step in and show what they can do.

“He's a big loss as you've seen Saturday, he leads by example in everything he does and he's a goal threat at the other end.” He commented.

“It's a chance for somebody else, so we'll asses the options and have a look at who that might be.

“We've got two options, so we'll decide which one to go with tomorrow night.”

On the flip side, Latics will be able to call upon Mohamed Maouche after he served his one-match ban against Doncaster Rovers.

Wild believes that Maouche was a miss on Saturday and that he could be the man to retain possession should he play tomorrow.

“He's a good footballer, he could have got his foot on the ball more which is what we were missing on Saturday.

“If we do decide to go with him tomorrow, then he's somebody that can get control of the football in the middle of the field.”

With Wild crying out for the team to look after the ball better, there could be a case for Maouche and Jose Baxter to start together.

Wild admits it is one avenue to go down, but he says he will make no decisions until tomorrow.

“I would like to get them both (Baxter and Maouche) in the side and get them linking up, but whether that'll happen remains to be seen tomorrow.”

Our opponent’s tomorrow are currently on a three game losing streak in Sky Bet League Two.

Despite that run of form, Wild says that they are still a very good side which is why they occupy sixth place at the moment.

“They're on a tough run of form, but ours hasn't been great either, so we both go into the game looking for a win.

“Yeah, they're not on a good run of form, but they're a really good side and they have some great players, so we've got to be at our best to get something from the game.”

Latics also travel down to the Stadium MK knowing that they have a terrible record down there.

The club have won just one game in 11 visits to Milton Keynes and Wild is hoping to change that tomorrow night.

“Our record there is horrendous, and we've shipped a lot of goals down the years going down there.

“We've got to put it right, we've got to look to go get something out of the game which we will be going to do.

“Ultimately if we've got any aspirations of staying in the top half of the table, we've got to come away there with something.”


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