Paul Gerrard shocked by playing return at Oldham Athletic

Paul Gerrard
Gerrard began his career at Boundary Park in 1992

Oldham goalkeeping coach Paul Gerrard says he was surprised to make a brief return from retirement recently.

He was appointed full-time goalkeeping coach at the start of the season, but started his first game in two years in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Crewe.

"It was surprising to happen so early on in the game," he BBC Radio Manchester. I've enjoyed trying to keep up with the youngsters.

"I've got to take my hat off to people like Brad Friedel and Mark Schwarzer."

The former Everton, Ipswich, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Stockport keeper made his playing comeback 10 minutes into Saturday's 2-0 loss to Bury following Alex Cisak's red card.

His first taste of action was to save a penalty from Andy Bishop but, following Cisak's suspension, started his first game since October 2009 against Crewe.

"I got a really good run out, about 80 minutes, and enjoyed it even though we got beat," he said.

"Obviously Alex has been suspended so I've had to play and I've enjoyed it again."

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