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Scholes “We Need To Manage Games Better”

4 March 2019

Manager Paul Scholes cut a frustrated figure after seeing his Oldham Athletic side concede a late goal to draw with Stevenage on Saturday.

Jose Baxter had given Latics the lead before Scholes’ men had a barraged of chances on the Stevenage goal, however those chances proved to be costly as Kurtis Guthrie headed in the equaliser.

Despite his disappointment at the result, Scholes was pleased with the way his side performed on the day.

“I was really pleased with how we played, I thought we were really good today (Saturday).” He said.

“We probably missed that little extra in the final third, but I thought we got into some good areas especially out wide, but we didn't quite have the quality at times for the second goal.

“It was a great strike from Jose, and we made a couple of chances after that with Dapo (Afolayan) having one cleared off the line and one that went across goal.”

Scholes was honest in his reflection after the game as he saw his side concede a goal in the 90th minute for a fourth consecutive fixture.

The Latics manager says that the team need to start cutting out these types of mistakes if they want to be successful in the future.

“In the main I was pleased, but obviously I was disappointed with the goal at the end as you're going to be.” He commented.

“We need to cut those types of mistakes out, Chris has been great for us, but he knows he should have cleared the ball away.

“We need to start managing games better and we're just falling short at the minute.”

Stevenage didn’t really create much on the day from apart from set pieces which Scholes had told his team to be aware of before the game.

He hopes his side can learn from these sorts of games moving forward.

“We've watched Stevenage and we knew exactly what they were going to be like, they're very similar to a Morecambe or a Yeovil.

“We handled everything brilliantly, we never felt we were in trouble really.

“From open play I couldn't see how we were going to concede a goal or even a chance to be honest with you.

“I know they hit the bar, but other than that they played for set pieces and we have to defend them better.

“We have to learn from today, we have to be more ruthless and then you don't put pressure on yourselves.”

Scholes did have praise for one man in particular, with the performance of Baxter catching the eye once again.

He scored his third goal in the past five games for Latics and Scholes was happy with his overall play as a whole.

“There's not just Jose, there's a lot of good players in this squad, but he took his goal well today and, in my opinion, he should have been man of the match.

“He was excellent in possession, he was great for us and he's an experienced man combined with the quality he's got which is the most important thing

“Some of the balls he was hitting to the wide players were brilliant which is what we've been working on.”

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