Unlikely hero Jean-Yves M’voto hails ‘perfect’ day as Oldham Athletic pass Colchester test with flying colours

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic centre back Jean-Yves M’voto was not shocked to get on the score sheet in his side’s victory at Colchester United.

The Frenchman has only scored five goals in 95 appearances for Oldham, with his last coming 20 games ago against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup during the opening game of the season.

With M’voto often sent up front to play as an extra striker when the Latics are chasing a game, the 24-year-old revealed manager Paul Dickov has been keen for him to score more often.

“Actually we worked on this the previous day in training. The manager told me he wanted me to score,” said the former Paris Saint-Germain youngster.

“It was a great corner from Lee Croft and it is good for the team that it worked.

“Sometimes I talk to Lee how I want the ball delivering and he did it perfectly.

“It was a perfect day for me as not only I scored but the defence kept a clean sheet.”

The defender, who signed from Sunderland in June 2011 after a successful loan spell at Boundary Park, has featured regularly for Oldham this season having made 21 appearances.

The Latics won at Colchester for the first time since 2002 and secured their fourth win in five matches but despite his role in the victory M’voto was quick to praise his team-mates.

“Everybody worked very hard – the forwards, midfield and defence – and it is a win we deserved,” M’voto added.

“We need get focused about our next game against Swindon and not about having a good run.

“Colchester is not an easy place to win at so we are very pleased.”

Oldham entertain Swindon Town on Saturday at Boundary Park, who were promoted last season after winning the League Two title.

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