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Youth Team Come Back To Draw With Huddersfield Town

1 August 2016

Oldham Athletic youth team produced a stunning comeback to draw 2-2 with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

After falling two goals behind in the first half, Tony Philliskirk’s men fought back to level the scores before having the chance to win the game in the final few minutes.

An own goal pulled a goal back for Latics but soon after, Huddersfield had the chance to make it 1-3 from the penalty spot but substitute goalkeeper Joe Boyling saved well. 

That was the turning point in the game and Latics equalised in the final few minutes as Chinedu Uche struck to equalise.

Athletic could have won the game in the final seconds but midfielder Ryan Leonard could not direct his shot on target.

Speaking about the game, Philliskirk said: "It was a very good result because Huddersfield were absolutely excellent. In the first half they passed us and moved us all around the park. 

"We were 2-0 down and if it wasn’t for Callum O’Neill in goal it would have been a lot more. At the same time, their goalkeeper pulled off three great saves which was a positive. 

"We caused them problems in the first half but we didn’t do enough. Half time came at a good time for us and we changed things tactically. 

"We were pressing high in the first half and they were getting through us, so we told them to sit off them a little bit and it seemed to work for us. 

“We got back into the game with an own goal, then substitute goalkeeper Joe Boyling saved a penalty and that was the defining moment of the game. 

“We equalised minutes later to make it 2-2 and then funnily enough we looked like the only team that would win, despite being dominated for 60 minutes. 

“We had a chance in the final few minutes to win it but it would have been daylight robbery had that gone in. 

“The lads showed fantastic spirit to grind out a result against a team who I don’t think we’ll play at our level so it’s huge testament to the lads because they never know when they are beaten. 

“Also, we finished the game strongly which also shows we are good fitness wise. 

“It’s been a great learning curve for the players having played against Sunderland who are a category one side and Huddersfield who are category two and we came out of both games not getting beat. 

“The lads have got the mentality that they don’t want to get beat so that’s a good thing to have going into the season.”

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