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Lang Wants To Finish Season With A Win

Oldham Athletic vs. Northampton Town (3pm KO)

3 May 2019

The player on loan from Wigan Athletic sat down to give his thoughts on the season and the importance of finishing with a win.

Joining early on in the 2018/19 campaign, Callum Lang has spent another season away from the DW, but has also developed more in front of the Latics supporters eyes.

"I think there's been a lot of ups and downs really. It's been a tough season for all of us, I think for me personally as well it's been tough and but I've played a lot of games.

"It's my first season where I've near enough played every game, so I've enjoyed and I think I've learnt a lot and I can use it to better myself."

He added: "It's been hard, playing in a few positions and I've been all over the pitch this season. So I haven't been in one position for a run of games, so it's been tough but I think I've just had to stay mentally strong really and in football it's going to be like that at a lot of different clubs."

Finishing the season as the clubs top scorer, he admits his aims have slightly changed to focus on his development in the long-term.

"At the start that was my aim I wanted to be, when I first come, I wanted to be one of the top goal scorers in the league but it wasn't really like that, I started on the wing and it was tough for goals to come really.

"Then I had a spell up front and they started to come and I was really enjoying it. Every manager has got an opinion of where I want to play and I'll do a job wherever I am so to finish as top goal scorer for the club is obviously good for myself and I'm happy with that helping the team out as much as possible.

"I haven't really thought about the goals as much though. When I went on loan to Morecambe, I was just thinking goals will get me into the Wigan team and I'm just chasing that. 

"But then this year, I've more thought about my performance just trying to improve my overall game and I'm hoping that it's come on quite a bit and learnt a lot while I've been here."

It's rare for a loan player to have such an affinity with the club but Lang has immersed himself with the supporters and as a result has a close connection with them.

"We've shared a lot of good moments and it feels like I've been at this club forever. Spending so much time on the pitch and every game I've been to with this club there's been numbers there.

"I was just thinking like, you come off the back of a 6-0 defeat against Carlisle or a really poor performance. But then they'll travel far away the week after. There's teams all over the place in this league and they're there in numbers again.

"When you don't get a result in them games you come away disappointed and the way I've grown up playing Sunday and Saturday league it ruins your weekend if you get beat and when people are travelling, supporting and watching you, you can't give something back it's frustrating. I just try my all for the shirt every time I play."

One of the highlights of his time this season at Oldham, scoring the winning goal at Craven Cottage and it's something that will stick with him for the rest of his career in terms of highlights.

"That's something I'll always remember and hopefully the fans will always remember and to have that moment in the middle of the season was great for everyone.

"It was good for the club and I think this season on the whole has been disappointing but at least we can look back on a great occasion."

Looking back, consistency has been the issue but he's determined to finish on a high at Boundary Park on Saturday where the admission is just £5 for adults.

"This club for me it's not a league two club. We had a chance to get play-offs, were all really disappointed because at the start of the season I came here thinking that this is a club that wants to go up, but if were honest we haven't been consistent enough.

"We definitely want to finish with a win because it'll be great for the fans, because they'll be in there numbers again and it's been hard for everyone. 

"One week we're on top of the world, the next we haven't just cut it so I think we just want to finish on a win and give them what they deserve and then the club can look forward to next season."


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