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Gaffer Praises Character Of His Side

28 September 2014

Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson praised the character of his side as Danny Philliskirk's second half double sealed victory over Scunthorpe United.

Andrew Boyce had put the Iron ahead in the first half before Jonathan Forte equalised with his sixth goal of the season. 

Rory Fallon put the visitors ahead for a second time but Philliskirk's two goals after the break saw Latics extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

Speaking to the press after the game, manager Lee Johnson said: "I thought we had good character in the end because we were dominant throughout. They set up in a negative way which was disappointing but we stayed patient and it was two great goals in the second half to win it. 

"I was disappointed with both goals we conceded. The second goal disappointed me because I thought we were lazy and slow to get out. We work on it in training every day and we switched off so we conceded the goals. 

"We are up to tenth in the division and we have showed great character today. Kelly and Jones were superb in the second half because they didn't rise to anything and stayed patient so I was pleased with them."

Philliskirk replaced Dominic Poleon at half time of yesterday's game and notched his first and second goals of the season. 

"I'm delighted for Danny because he's got that little hoodoo at the way and he can kick on now," commented the 33-year-old, before explaining the reason behind the change.

"It was nothing against Poleon but I knew what they were going to do. They were going to sit on the edge of their box and would nullify the pace of Poleon. 

"We needed Danny on the field because he's got a slightly better touch and he can get in the pockets so it was nothing against Poleon as to why he came off."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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