Oldham Fall Victim to Another 90th Minute Goal But Scholes is Pleased on The Whole
In Paul Scholes’ first five matches in charge of Oldham, it’s one win, two draws and two losses. Within that run Oldham have conceded four 90th minute goals.
Take them goals away against Stevenage, Morecambe and Crewe, and you’re looking at an Oldham side that could be in 10th position on 52 points and two points off the playoff places. With that comes a completely different mindset, pressure and run into the end of the season.
However, this could be a good thing. It is Scholes’ first job in charge, coming in at the end of a transfer window to a mid-table club. There’s a real chance for Oldham to let Scholes bed his feet in this season, gain some very quick on the job experience and get the team playing how he wants to build towards next season.
Once again against Stevenage, Oldham had a lot of chances but failed to convert. Jose Baxter continued his fine form under Scholes with his third goal in Scholes’ first five games, and following a tough week personally for the midfielder in which he opened up over his depression – it seemed fitting for him to score.
Going forward Scholes’ has to try and work on these silly little mistakes, as they face teams from both ends of the league plus a couple of teams in and around them.
There are 11 games left of the season with Latics seven points off the playoffs and nowhere near relegation to even give it a second or third thought. For Scholes, he has 11 games and a full preseason, to prepare and work with his squad for the 2019/20 season in which they can be a real contender for promotion. Where he’ll be hoping to learn from games like the Stevenage one.