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Kewell On Cambridge Fixture With Fans

4 December 2020

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The Head Coach spoke to iFollow Latics just before heading down South to take on The U’s this weekend.

Asked how the preparation has been since the disappointment of Tuesday night, Kewell was quick to state it’s a case of showing signs of improvement after a good run of form.

“On reflection we weren’t at our best against Tranmere. I have to give them credit though as they did come here and did a job. They sat in, they got the goal and they became very hard to beat. 

“I thought our creativity wasn't as high as it has been. But the good thing about football is that you can correct it and there's probably no better way than to go to a team like Cambridge, who I've seen over recent weeks, play some exceptional football especially breaking on the counter attack very well. It’s going to be a tough test for us but one we’ll be up for and look to get a positive result from the start.

The opponents have been one of the front runners so far this season on the pitch but is looking forward to playing against a team who will also try and play the right way.

“We have to concentrate from the start. If any of our passing is sloppy, if any of our naivety creeps in, and we give away sloppy passes, that's when we're going to put ourselves into trouble and in huge amounts of pressure. 

“But if we go there with the right attitude, pass and move and be able to create what we've been creating lately, then I think it's going to be an interesting game for everyone.”

He added: “They're a team that can be very good so we have to be prepared for everything.

“From what I've seen is that they’re more of a counter attacking team, they don't really take chances out from the back and go long and direct when they can, which can be effective. 

“They might let the opposition try to play and pounce but they have a packed midfield that puts pressure on the defence to try to catch you out.

“Like I said we’ll have to be at our best as they’ll want to see a reaction from their recent defeat. It’s going to be another exciting game as well because it'll be the first time this season that we're going to play in front of a crowd. So it'll be interesting to see what kind of reception the players get and how they will react to that in a positive manner.”

The game also signifies the start of Latics back in front of supporters since March. Although it will only be home fans in attendance, the Head Coach is looking forward to the experience that awaits.

“I believe all fans want to see good football. You obviously want your team to be successful, but if you go and put on a good performance, I think fans can appreciate that, especially at this level.

“It won’t be the same without Oldham fans there, but I can’t wait for that moment we can welcome them back to Boundary Park, it’s been long overdue and the players are looking forward to it too.”

He continued: “I don’t really take notice of our good away form other than that I don’t think we've warranted enough to get more points at home, we just haven't been clinical enough in certain phases which we have on our travels. 

“It’s all about our attitude. For me, the performance comes along with that. We’ve got to understand that every game is just as important whether it is home or away and we have to perform at a level that we know we can achieve.”

With a lack of attacking options on the bench recently, the Head Coach is pleased that he has one or two coming back into contention after injury but kept his cards close to his chest again on who it will be.

One absentee will however be Club Captain, Carl Piergianni who misses out after picking up a one game suspension after accumulating five yellow cards.

“We will hopefully have a little bit more firepower available which is a boost but unfortunately we do lose Carl for his five yellows. He’ll be disappointed with one or two of them but I do sympathise with him as I was like that as a player.

“He may come across as argumentative sometimes on the pitch, but it’s a fine line as he is the captain so has a responsibility to do some of that. We will miss him of course but we do have options available in that area so I'm confident that the team that does travel will be able to put in a positive performance and ultimately get a good result. 

“We couldn’t do as much in training today because of the snow, but we have to adapt and tomorrow we'll have to adapt in certain situations again, but my team is starting to learn that side of the game.”


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