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30 March 2018

Ryan Colclough reflects on Latics' 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic, as the winger aims to help his side to promotion.

  • Oldham reaction: Ryan Colclough delighted with Latics' fourth consecutive win.
  • Winger praises Nick Powell and Will Grigg.
  • Colclough enjoying left-sided partnership with Callum Elder.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic at the DW Stadium on Good Friday, winger Ryan Colclough shared his delight at a fourth consecutive victory in Sky Bet League One.

"It's a great win off the back of a great team performance. They came at us quickly at the start, but as soon as we got to grips with the game our clash showed through as it has done in recent weeks.

"The build-up play for the first goal was great and the finish from Griggy was even better.

"The gaffer told me to stay wide, get on the ball as much as I can and get into one-v-one situations. That gave Powelly and Griggy the space to work their magic, so I'll do anything on the pitch to help the team."

Colclough, who made his 50th Latics appearance in the victory, was making his third consecutive start in Paul Cook's side, a run of games he's grateful to receive.

"I've had a few knocks this season, so it means the world to me to get three games in a row. I'm really enjoying my football and the gaffer's advice has helped me a lot."

The winger continued, praising Latics' attacking play:

"There's no doubting the positivity in our forward play. Last year we were negative in our play, but this year we've done nothing but attack and look to play football, so it's been a real joy to play football for the manager."

And on his relationship on the left with Callum Elder, Colclough added:

"Cal (Elder) creates a lot of space for me, gets the ball to me early and overlaps me at the right times. It's a great relationship we're building up and he always gives me options."

Nine games remain in Latics' 2017-18 Sky Bet League One season, and Colclough says the team are aiming as high as possible.

"We look at the nine games to go and we don't set a target for points, we want to win every single game we play in.

"We'd love to finish with over 100 points and to do that we want to win every game. There's not a single game this season when we've set up not to lose, we always want teams to change the way they play to match us.

"It's always a good thing to have records to aim for and we came close with the consecutive clean sheet record earlier this season. The way we've played this season, it's a real honour to play for the club. The approach is really positive and the gaffer and the management team have helped bring that to the club."

Next up on Latics' countdown to the end of the season is Paul Cook's former club Portsmouth, a trip on Easter Monday that has Colclough's mouth watering.

"It's the gaffer old club, there'll be a big crowd on and plenty more people will be watching it on TV, so it's very important for us to go there and win. It would be nice for the gaffer to win there as well."

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