Latics 0 Forest Green 0

Last updated : 14 January 2019 By Dave Moore

The Latics fought out a 0-0 draw when Forest Green Rovers came to Boundary Park for the first time. It was caretaker manager Pete Wild first game that he had not won since taking temporary charge of the Latics and he admitted that he probably took a slightly over cautious approach to the game.

Wild commented, “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. 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. 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. 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.”

“Chris has been playing with a knock for a couple of weeks for me and I appreciate that. It's just got to a point where it's to the detriment of the team and Chris, so he might have a week or so on the side lines. The squad is light, but that's life. I've got youth team lads who can step up and do a job, so I'm not going to sit here and moan about that. Lads who are going out there are giving us everything they've got, and we've got Jose [Baxter] back, so we know what he can do. It's a useful point for us, so we've got to look at the positives. They're one of the sides that will be in and around the play-offs if not in the top three with how they play. We've come away unscathed and we move on to Macclesfield next week with as business as usual until told otherwise.”