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Wilson: "The clean sheet is the most important thing"

11 September 2016

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After watching his side claim a point after a 0-0 tie at Oldham Athletic, manager Danny Wilson was pleased to see his side keep things tight at the back.

Following three league defeats, Wilson had hinted that his side needed to get back to basics in the hunt for clean sheets and building the foundations for earning points.

Gboly Ariyibi twice went within a whisker for the away side, the second effort of which headed magnificently off the goal line. The Latics too went close, especially when Billy McKay brushed the outside of the post.

"We've headed more balls out of our box today than we have all season added together," Wilson told PlayerHD. "They just shelled everything in there and they had some big lads in there.

"We defended the second balls really well and the defenders have to deal with that - and they've dealt with it very well.

"The clean sheet is the most important thing, in a couple of games before we've lost a bit of concentration at the end. The midfield contributed as well and it's not easy."

Wilson admitted he was satisfied with the point earned, but felt his side could have claimed further points from the openings they created.

He said: "If you'd asked me before the game, yes of course I'd have been happy with a point and you're always happy picking up points away from home.

"With a couple of the chances that we had it could have been decisive from our point of view. The 'keeper's made a great save in one instance, and one off the line from Peter Clarke in another in two of the best instances that we had.

"Take that away and it was a very even game. I'd have been disappointed if we'd lost, I know that, and that'd have been very disapponted if they'd lost so maybe overall we cancelled each other out for large parts of the game."

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