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Kelly Delighted With Victory And Clean Sheet

16 August 2015

Manager Darren Kelly admitted it was not the best performance from his players but was happy to grind out the three points as Latics recorded their first league win of the season.

Danny Philliskirk struck ten minutes before the break, sliding the ball past Chris Maxwell after Rhys Turner’s knock down. However, the defence had to be alert all afternoon as the visitors probed for the equaliser.

Latics’ back line did stand firm and Kelly earned his first win as Oldham Athletic manager, something which pleased him.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It wasn’t the best performance but I will take a win and a clean sheet any day of the week. 

"It was a quick turnaround from Wednesday but the players battled hard from start to finish and we got that little bit of luck. I’m absolutely delighted with the 1-0 win.

"We have got to defend well and keep clean sheets if we want to progress well in the league. Testament to the players, they battled well and did everything asked of them and happy to come out with the 1-0 win.

Philliskirk notched his second goal of the week, after his midweek header against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup, and the manager heaped praise on the forward.

"Danny has a bit of everything. He is superb in training and he is superb in games,” commented Kelly. 

“He offers the attacking side and he offers the defensive side so with all his strengths, he is a big plus to the side. He has got his reward today for his hard work and energy.”

Striker Jake Cassidy unfortunately limped off early into the game and the 36-year-old gave an update on his situation.

“I’m just awaiting a report from the medical staff,” he said. “Obviously it happened early on so we hope it will be okay and there is no damage there but I will speak to the medical staff and see how he is."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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