Wild extends unbeaten run to four matches as interim manager
Monday 14th January 2019 @ 16:01 by Mark Phillip
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Oldham Athletic 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
Football: EFL League Two

Interim manager Pete Wild  extended his unbeaten run to four matches with a goalless stalemate against play-off favourites Forest Green Rovers.

Oldham entered the game on the back of a shock 2-1 victory at Fulham in the FA Cup six days earlier, but they were unable to break down the Forest Green defence in a game of massive proprtions at Boundary Park.

Latics were five points outside the play-offs while the visitors, whose owner Dale Vince has made the national headlines after a spat with Bolton Wanderers’ chairman Ken Anderson, were sixth in the table and unbeaten in five.

Despite Oldham’s giant killing it was the side from Gloucestershire who had the better chances in the first-half. Less than two minutes had elapsed when Tahvon Campbell’s header was cleared off the line by defender George Edmundson.

Goalkeeper Daniel Iversen, who saved a penalty at Fulham in the final ten minutes, was forced into a fine stop by George Williams, before Reece Brown unleashed a shot which hit the crossbar and post.

Chris O’ Grady had a great chance to put Oldham ahead, but after finding himself one-on-one with the visitors’ ‘keeper, he could only fire over the bar.

Latics were fortunate to be on level terms at half-time, but they came out for the second 45 with more intent and purpose. Mohamad Sylla, a French midfielder who signed for the club last week, was unable to steer home Gevaro Nepomuceno’s cross from close range, while Johan Branger-Engone also forced a decent stop from Montgomery in goal.

Both sides had chances to grab a winner in the final ten minutes, but Iversen saved well from Shawn McCoulsky’s shot and Nepomuceno forced a comfortable stop from Montgomery.

Following the game, Wild spoke to IFollow Latics about the result. “I’ve said in the changing room, and one thing you get from me is honesty, maybe I was a little bit over cautious in the first half” he said.

“We paid them the respect they deserved, but maybe I was too cautious in sitting off and letting them step out.

“They were a very good footballing side and they’re excellent at what they do, so on reflection a little bit of learning for me.”

Despite having chances to take all three points in the second-half, Wild was pleased to take a draw against a side who he believes are ‘one of the best’. “We got we a grip of the game and playing probably ten yards higher I felt we came into in the game more, but I think it was a fair result in the end” he said.

“I took the shackles off in the second half, I had to make a change with Chris (O’Grady) having to come off injured.

“We looked more of a threat and we had some chances to win it, but it was a fair result.”

Oldham return to action on Saturday at Macclesfield Town. The Silkmen are currently three points from safety, although they are enjoying a mini-rivial under manager Sol Campbell.

Attendance 4194 (160 Away)

Picture by Eddie Garvey (Chris O’Grady eyes the ball)