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Wild Looking To End Season On A High

2 May 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild is hoping to end the season on a positive note when Oldham Athletic take on Northampton Town this Saturday at Boundary Park (3pm).

Latics head into the game after back-to-back defeats against Exeter City and Newport County and Wild believes his side need to do the basics better.

“We reviewed Tuesday's game this morning and we just thought we didn't do the basics well enough and didn't play to our strengths.” He said.

“Especially in the second half, but that's football and we move on.”

Latics haven’t performed in the second half of games across the past two fixtures and Wild says other managers have pointed out a common theme in Latics’ play.

“I think both when speaking to both Exeter and Newport's manager after the games that there's a common thread around how to beat us.” He commented.

“That was evident for us all to see, so we've got to make sure we combat that, and we've told the players quite frankly what that common thread was.”

Northampton are in a similar situation to Latics in terms of showing inconsistency across the campaign.

Wild expects it to be another tough test against a Northampton side who like to keep the ball.

“Keith Curle sides are always good footballing sides and he always gets them playing.

“They're a good footballing side and you can expect them to be expressive in their play with the ball and we're going to have to try and stop them playing through us.”

Latics have picked up a few injuries in recent weeks which has cut short Zak Dearnley’s loan spell from Manchester United.

Peter Clarke and George Edmundson came off in the game at Newport and Wild says they are major doubts coming into the game.

“Zak's a lovely lad and a typical lad who comes out of Manchester United's academy in the fact he's polite, he works hard, but unfortunately injuries have got the better of him.

“We thank Manchester United and Zak for his time at the club.

“Peter and George are very doubtful for Saturday which is disappointing and there's a few other knocks as well that will need assessing before the weekend.”

However, some positive news coming out of the club was the professional contracts handed to Harry Robinson and Javid Swaby-Neavin.

Wild had some kind words for the pair who he says have a fantastic platform to show what they can do.

“The more and more youngsters that come through this door the better.

“What a production line this club has had down the years and another two with professional contracts which is fantastic.

“They'll be given an opportunity to get into the first team environment and express themselves just like Tom (Hamer), George and Jamie (Stott).

“It's really important they take this opportunity the club has given them.”

Saturday will be a chance for the staff and players to thank the fans for their continued support throughout the course of the 2018/19 campaign.

“I'm really looking forward to the game and we want to finish on a positive note.

“I want to thank the fans personally and on behalf of the staff, thank you for sticking with us and supporting us.

“We'll get the opportunity to have a walk round and thank them Saturday, so it'd be great if they could all come down for the game.”

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