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Maamria: "It Was An Outstanding Performance"

22 September 2019

Head Coach Dino Maamria picked up his first three points in a 3-1 win against Morecambe at Boundary Park and he gave his thoughts on the game.

The Head Coach was in the Latics dugout for the first time and he was delighted with the players’ performance.

"My first thought is what a performance from the players, the fans and I thought it was a fantastic day for Oldham." He said.

“We won a game, it's a long journey yet but it's a great start and I think that the most important thing is that you see the reaction of the fans.

"We need those fans back here and I thought that those fans that turned up saw a very good team going forward, on the front foot and pressing from the front, it was an outstanding performance."

Maamria made three changes to his starting XI and he believes it was a brilliant display from his side.

"I made a couple of changes, I brought in a defender and I switched a little bit to a back four and went 4-4-2 today which is a change of shape, but I thought that as a back four they looked better playing from the back." He commented.

“It gave us a threat with Maouche in the number ten role off the front line and it created a lot of problems for them.

“The wider players were fantastic and as a team, it was a terrific performance, I can't try and single anybody out, but it was a brilliant performance from everybody."

The Tunisian demanded during the game for the lads to go and finish the opposition off and it paid off when Jonny Smith sealed the win.

"My message to them if you remember I got them all over at 2-1, to calm down, tell them to keep doing what they were doing and try and go and get the third goal.

“I thought our performance at 2-1 was really good and we should have scored more actually.

“It's a learning process and I think that I can see why we have been leading 2-0 and end up drawing games, I can totally see that because we became sloppy with the ball and I've told them that we took our foot off the gas.

“2-0 is a dangerous scoreline because if you give a team a goal back it changes the momentum of the game and we can't afford to do that so it's a matter of learning.

“My message to them was clear after the game that we have to go for the throat at 2-0 and you've got to go and get the third or fourth if you can, but it's about learning and I thought the players application was second to none and how we managed the end of the game at 2-1 was fantastic."

Goalkeeper Gary Woods was unavailable for selection against Morecambe because of injury and Maamria gave an update on the situation.

"Gary Woods got injured on Thursday before I arrived here and he's done his groin in training on Thursday and he failed a fitness test before the game, but Zeus de la Paz came in and did a good job.

“It was disappointing to concede that goal, but I'm not going to look at that I'm going to look at all the positives because it has been a very good day for Oldham Athletic."

Maamria received a great reception from the Latics fans and he wants to repay the supporters with performances on the pitch.

"It's responsibility, I go beyond for people that back me and the fans that are backing me I've got to make sure that I repay them.

“I need to make sure that we will hopefully have a fantastic journey and hopefully that's the start of something big to come, but again I'm not getting carried away we won a game today, but it's a very good start and we can build on that.

“Now, the message is let's make sure next week at Carlisle United we can be better."

The Head Coach has set his focus to the game next week against Carlisle United and wants his side to continue going forward.

"Of course, every game is difficult in League Two I know that, and we all know that, we can't let off we've got to put our foot on the gas and came driving forward full throttle that's the message to the players."


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