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Maouche Admits Team Confidence Is Improving

2 February 2020

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The Latics No.10 put in a man-of-the-match performance at the weekend despite coming on as a first-half substitute, but spoke proudly of his teammates.

And the Frenchman was quick to say that the side are enjoying their football currently.

"We are really happy, we've enjoyed these last two games to be honest. We've played with a lot of pleasure with patience as well, but we've enjoyed it."

Speaking of his goal which came just before half-time, he said: "It was a long ball, Rowey outfought his man, got his first touch and I felt like the ball was going to go behind the defence, so I scored with the shot on the first touch with my left foot and it was an alright finish if I do say so myself."

He added: "I know I have the confidence of everyone. It's my third season here in Oldham, I'm feeling really good, people who play a lot of football know to come on after 20-30 minutes it's always very, very hard so I'm pleased I did well and the team to be honest was really good so I had to be on their level straight away.

"We've seen recently that we've created a lot, a lot of chances from everywhere. On the right side from G [Nepomuceno], Jonny of course we know how well he is doing and Rowey is here now and is a great player.

"But I have to mention Pidge [Piergianni] has been amazing as a defender. We won 3-0 so we're going to talk about the attacking side, but the defending side we were really good."

The mature and well spoken 27-year-old wanted to reiterate that the team need to use the motivation and confidence that has been built to focus on the next task ahead which is a tricky away tie at Crewe.

"We've won these last two games which is good, now we're going to have a rest and in football the most important game is the next one so this one is already done, it's finished and we have to think about Crewe now."

Whilst another positive for the creative playmaker has been the backing of the Head Coach and Maouche said it does help having someone who believes in your ability.

"I have quite a big responsibility when I'm on the pitch, I never try to hide myself I always go onto the ball and try to play, try to create chances for my teammates, so he knows that and he's pushing me, so it can only help my development.

"We know we've been in quite tough moments during this season, so that's why we've won the last two games because we wanted to improve but we've got to keep our feet on the ground, stay calm and go back to work early next week and focus on the next game.

"We've had three games in a week so when it's like this it's always hard to work on technique or the physique or even the tactics, so he [Dino] was more focused on the spirit to be honest so we can stick together and we felt that."

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