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Maamria: "I Want To Be Winning Games Late On"

7 October 2019

The Oldham Athletic Head Coach remained upbeat after seeing his side record a 1-1 draw at home to an in-form Cheltenham side.

Filipe Morais put Latics ahead in the opening stages with the Robins grabbing their equaliser midway through the second-half in a game where either side could have and should have won.

"It was a tough afternoon. Probably, if we took our chances we would've won the game. Physically we tired a little bit later on and is something we need to work on.

"We will get better but overall it's a very good point against a good team, they've been third in the league."

He added: "I think we showed a lot of resilience, we showed a lot of quality especially in the first-half going forwards.

"At the end I've tried putting three forwards on to try and win it, we couldn't. We had two great chances with Chris Missilou and Tom Hamer who missed an open goal and if we score one of those late on we'd have won the game.

"So it's a good day overall, good performance and the fans were backing us from minute one which was great to see, right to the end as well and that's what we need to do, we need to come together as a football club."

Coming into the fixture it was evident to see early on a change in formation, whilst Maamria was forced to bring Tomas Egert in for his debut earlier than he would've liked but was pleased with the Czech's defensive performance.

"We changed shape slightly this week. We've been working on certain things and it worked really well in the first-half.

"We had a problem as well before the game. Zak Mills pulled up with sickness so he wasn't fit before the game so we had to put in Tom (Egert) a week too early but Tom played 80 minutes, I think he was fantastic and it was good to see him there and he tired at the end as well.

"And it was Jonny Smith's first start for a while, physically as well he tired a little bit. So physically we need to get better to finish the games, I want to be winning games late on rather than hanging on if that makes sense.

"It was end-to-end, both teams wanted to win it. It was probably a good game to watch for everyone but it wasn't for me because I want to win."

The changes made in the week are a result of the continued work on the training pitch and the Head Coach is happy with how the players are adapting to his style after a win, loss and a draw.

"It's a work in progress and you can't do it all in one week. But we're in a better place now than we were probably two or three weeks ago in terms of the way we play, in terms of going forward and in terms of the resilience of the team as well.

"A few weeks ago if you look at when the opposition score we would've conceded again probably. But we kept going forward and could've won it in the end."

Maamria has an opportunity now to test his squad with the midweek fixture against Accrington Stanley in the Leasing.com Trophy and the Tunisian is looking forward to the contest.

"We'll look back at the game and reflect on it. The things we did well and the things we need to do better and then we'll see what team we've got fit to play Accrington on Tuesday.

"We'll try and be as strong as we can on Tuesday, I want to win games. It's an important game for us, it's at home and I want to make sure whoever turns up on Tuesday night that we put a performance on for them as well."


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