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Robinson Unhappy With First Half Display

31 August 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson rued his side’s first half performance as Oldham Athletic lost 4-5 to Carlisle United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Billy Mckay put Latics ahead on 16 minutes before three goals in 10 minutes turned the game on its head for Carlisle United as they took the half time lead.

Speaking after the game, Robinson said: "It was an exciting game but one I’m obviously not happy with. We are not a team that concedes goals like we have and they are really disappointing. 

"We played some attractive football at times but the first half cost us the game. We weren’t at the races, we were’t close enough or tight enough to them. 

"If you don’t match teams for desire and energy then you lose games. That’s where we lost the game, in the first half. 

"It’s more enjoyable for fans than it is for me. I don’t enjoy games that have that many goals. It’s not what we are about. 

“We have a team that hasn’t conceded many goals in the period that I’ve been here and the first half was really disappointing for me.”

Robinson brought on Darius Osei at the start of the second half and his two quick goals pulled the scores level on 50 minutes.

Whilst Ollie Banks put Latics ahead with a stunning volley in the second half, two late goals for Carlisle United won the game for them.

“The positives from the game are that the strikers scored,” Robinson admitted. 

“Darius [Osei] did very well when he came on, Freddie [Ladapo] looked very lively and Billy [Mckay] scored so they are the positives I take from the game. 

"It’s been coming for Billy and I had full faith he would score goals, Freddie is the same. We’ve took a punt on Darius but I think he’s showed what a good find he could be.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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