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Maamria Delighted With Impressive Performance

23 October 2019

Latics picked up three vital points in a 2-0 win against Walsall at Boundary Park and Head Coach Dino Maamria gave his thoughts on the game.

The Head Coach was delighted to have picked his second win in charge of Latics after a defeat against Macclesfield Town on Saturday.

"This is football, Saturday everyone thought it was the end of the world but tonight it's brilliant for us and I'm delighted for the fans because they stuck with us and they knew the process that we're going through and they backed up from start to finish.

"It's a fantastic night for the football club, not just the convincing win with a clean sheet, but we also had three debutants in the past two games and it's a brilliant day because you look at the 15 and 16 year-olds coming onto the pitch at the end of the game and to work as hard as they did they never looked out of place. It's a good thing for the football club so it's a good night for us."

Maamria believes his side deserved to pick up all three-points after the team stuck together during a tough period over the last few fixtures.

"We started the game really well, we played nice and brightly in the opening 20/25 minutes.

"They got back into the game at the end of the half and the message at half-time was let's go on the front foot again and let's make sure for the first 15 minutes we put them under pressure and let's get our full-backs pushing on with the wide players.

"I thought in the middle of the park, Chris McCann was outstanding with Christopher Missilou they controlled the middle of the park as for the back four they pushed on and it was a very good second-half and I think the red card was obvious because he was going through one-on-one and he was going to score." He commented.

"We deserved that, and the players deserve that. We stuck together in a difficult period from the start of the season, but they stuck together as a group of players and you saw that it meant a lot to them and to the fans as well."

A few players also caught the eye of the Head Coach with their performances against Walsall last night.

"We're good with the ball without a shadow of doubt, the focus is always to try and be a tighter unit defensively and when we lose the ball try and get goal side just organise them defensively.

"What helped is that it's a settled back four, the same back four that has played the last few games so hopefully that back four will get better and better.

"Like I said, I thought McCann and Missilou complemented each other really well and that helps as well, and I thought the wide players Jonny Smith and Filipe Morais were brilliant going forwards they were a constant threat." He added.

"The front two did exactly what they're supposed to do because we knew where their weaknesses were in between their full-backs and centre-backs and the message was clear to get in between those spaces and they did that fantastic especially second-half and they earned their goals.

"It's a very good night for us like I said from the start so well done everyone."

Zak Emmerson came on to make his professional debut and in the process became the second-youngest player to play in the EFL at just 15 years and 73 days old. With Reece Gaskell also coming on to make his professional debut in addition to Lewis McKinney at the weekend to make it three academy lads in two games.

"When you arrive at a football club you look at all the resources, look at what the first-team have got and look at what the academy has got and as I said at my previous club I think I gave five or six debuts in 18 months.

"We've got three debutants now and one is the youngest player in the clubs' history and he's a good lad as well and his Dad is an Oldham fan, but he will definitely play again, and those boys will play again.

"They will stay with the first-team despite the injuries that we have, they will remain with the first-team and we're always together and we've got a game between the lads who didn't play with the Youth Team mixed together because we want to get them involved with the first-team because they're part of our future."

Maamria sets his focus to the game at the weekend now against Port Vale and claims it will be a tough test.

"I think that we have to take advantage of is tomorrow we'll come in and do a warm down and look after those boys.

“We've got Port Vale on Saturday and we know what they have got at home and we know that they've got a massive pitch and we've got to be physically and mentally ready and it's a positive night for us and we'll hopefully build on it."


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