PETE Wild’s winning start to life as Latics manager came to an end with a goalless draw at home to Forest Green on Saturday.

But while Wild remains unbeaten in his four games in charge of his home-town club, he faces a difficult few weeks with injuries decimating his squad.

Striker Chris O’Grady was forced off at the start of the second half, having persevered through injury and Wild admits the side may have to cope without their leading League Two scorer, starting at

Macclesfield Town this weekend.

“I had to make a change with Chris having to come off injured,” he told the club’s official site after Saturday’s stalemate.

“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 sidelines.

“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.”

With no news of a permanent successor to Frankie Bunn coming out of Boundary Park Wild will lead Oldham at the Moss Rose, hoping to improve on their current 11th place in League Two.

Wild’s three wins – including their FA Cup toppling of Premier League Fulham – have put the club’s academy manager as odds-on favourite, with former Macclesfield and Shrewsbury manager John Askey at 8/1.

Club captain Peter Clarke and lifelong Latics supporter Paul Scholes are both priced at 10/1.

And Wild insists he will continue to focus on the job at hand until he is asked to step aside.

“Saturday’s was a useful point for us, so we’ve got to look at the positives,” he added.

“They’re one of the sides that will be in and around the playoffs 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.”