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Scholes Looking For A Reaction Against Stevenage

1 March 2019

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes is hoping to see his side get back to winning ways when they take on Stevenage at Boundary Park.

Latics come into the game after back-to-back defeats, but after a full week of training with his squad, Scholes is confident they can get back on track.

“It's been a good week the players have worked really hard and we'll see how well it's gone on Saturday.” He said.

“We've done our homework like always, we try not to over analyse and concentrate on other teams too much because it is about us.

“They're a good team and they've had some decent results over the past few games.

“They're very direct and it'll be something that we'll have to handle, but like I said I like to concentrate on us.

“We've got players here capable of giving good performances and that's what we're looking for.”

Despite losing the game last week, Scholes said that the first half at Bury was more like the style he wants to implement at the club.

Although Latics seemed to tire in the second half, Scholes says that this group of players will do all they can to try and turn things around.

“It was more like it in the first half against Bury, we conceded a couple of chances, but I thought the energy was there.” He commented.

“They're a group of players that will give you everything, they want to learn, they want to keep standards high in training and they work towards that every session which that's all I want from my players.”

A name that has creeped up since Scholes took over was Giles Coke who has been involved in the past few matchday squads and made his first appearance since August at Bury.

Scholes says he will be looking to give Coke some game time from now until the end of the season.

“Every player that is here is an option for me, they have to train well, they have to play well when they get that chance.

“I like Giles, he's a really good footballer and he brings experience to this squad.

“He's missed a lot of football, but I'll try to look to give him games when and where I can, so he'll only benefit from that.”

Oladapo Afolayan made his debut for the club last week at Bury and he is another that Scholes will be looking to build up in the upcoming weeks.

“Dapo has been out for some time at West Ham, he's played two hours of football since September, so we'll have to ease him steadily.

“He looks sharp in training, he looks like he can score goals, so we'll just build him up for that start.”

Some news coming from the club this week was that Jamie Stott has been loaned back out to Stockport County until April.

Scholes says the decision was based purely on getting Stott some game time rather than sitting on the bench.

“He's a young player and I really like him, but I don't want him here not playing.

“He needs to be playing, he's gone to a good club in Stockport with a really experienced manager.

“They loved what he did for them earlier in the season and it'll be a test for him since they're going for promotion.”


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