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Woods Happy To Be Back

16 February 2020

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After four weeks on the injury table with problems with his ribs due to a late challenge at Stevenage, the Oldham number one was pleased personally that he's finally made a return.

In what has been an up and down season for him as well as the team, the shot stopper was level headed about the performance and result at the weekend.

"We played alright in spells, you know when you're going to play against Forest Green they keep the ball well, move it well and at times were going to cut you open but I think in the position we were in the game, winning one nil up until so late it was obviously so disappointing to concede. 

"With the really good chance G [Nepomuceno] had at the end there, but if we're being totally honest a draw was probably about right, but gutting for us to concede so late."

After a strong and consistent start to the season, the 29-year-old is now looking ahead instead of back after what has been a testing period.

"It's a frustrating part of being a professional football player, you get injured. I trained Thursday and Friday and then played this game, so on a personal level I was pleased with my performance but it's not just about individuals, it's about us as a team and we need to start to get more wins than we're doing now.

He added: "We showed good spirit after a difficult week beforehand and can't fault the effort but that's the minimum we expect every game.

"We shouldn't be getting praised for our effort because that's the only thing you're in control of directly but we've stopped the rot of two straight defeats.

"It could've been a victory but it's a point and a small positive."

The game against Forest Green Rovers was also his first experience of playing behind recent addition Carl Piergianni and is hopeful the defensive unit can now have some stability.

"Pidge has come in and had a big impact on the dressing room, he's a leader and he gives absolutely everything every game.

"He'll put his head where it hurts. As a back four they played well and part of the problem this season is we've had an unsettled defence which never helps whether its injuries, loss of form or whatever but I can see the makings of a real solid back four now so hopefully it can continue and carry on like that."

In difficult weather conditions due to Storm Dennis, Woods knows the pressure his position has on it regardless but was extra focused on making sure he put on a solid display.

"That's just life as a goalkeeper anyway. You can make a good save at one minute and then the next minute one little slip and everyone is calling you this, that and the other.

"The pitch has been in decent condition all season. With the weather I know other games have been off but the pitch was brilliant, obviously the conditions weren't but you've got to play them. Whoever does that better usually wins."

He continued: "As a team performance I don't think it was that bad. Conceding so late is really gutting but we need to continue moving forward, stay positive. 

"We're not in a position where I feel that this team should be but that's been the story of this season so far.

"We look like we're picking up and then we get a couple of bad results. We need to stay positive and finish the season well and see where we end up."


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