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Training Ground Work Paying Off For Kelly

19 July 2015

Manager Darren Kelly believes work on the training ground is starting to pay off on the pitch as Latics hit Stirling Albion for five on Friday night.

A double from trialist Alen Ploj and further goals from Danny Philliskirk, Dominic Poleon and Rhys Turner rounded off the comfortable victory.

With four strikers scoring the goals, the manager admitted the players are buying into what he is trying to do on the training ground.

Kelly said: "It could have been a lot more but in terms of the work we have done over the last couple of days, there were lots of things in there such as movement and rotation so I was pleased. 

"The most pleasing part was the work out. I wanted the players to take things from training into the game and they did that. Another thing is that the players came off injury free. I know this time last year there was a host of injuries so with the victory, I'm delighted with them.

"With the style of play we want to do, time and movement is key. The pleasurable thing about it is that we have got a lot of pace in attack, we just have to utilise it in the right way. 

"We had six strikers on during the game so work on the training ground is about making sure they can get the benefit from the fast play. Pre-season is about linking that midfield to attack."

George Edmundson completed another impressive 90 minutes, whilst Turner made it two goals in two games following his strike at Chester.

Carl Winchester played his first 45 minutes of pre-season and Liam Kelly and Danny Philliskirk both stood out in a dominant display on Friday night.

"I want headaches," explained the manager, referring to team selection. "I don't expect everything to be smooth sailing because we've got to put in a lot of hard work and there is stuff I still want to do but I'm looking forward to that."

After a 468 mile-round journey to Stirling Albion on a Friday night, the manager took a minute to thank the supporters for their attendance.

He said: "We are in Scotland and on a bus that probably takes around five and a half hours, but to see so many fans here and in Chester last Saturday gave me goosebumps. It was absolutely amazing. 

"It's chucking it down with rain and they are still chanting and singing and they are a credit to Oldham Athletic AFC. The crowd that turns out for games have blown me away so far and it is amazing for me."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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