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Philliskirk Delighted With Youth Team Victory

22 February 2016

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk was delighted with his players after their 3-1 victory over Notts County, who sat joint top of the division.

Three first half goals set the young Latics well on their way to victory. Alex Read converted a free kick midway through the first half, and on the half hour mark, Jamie Stott headed powerfully past the goalkeeper from a corner to make it 2-0.

Dylan King rounded off the scoring a couple of minutes later for Latics as he converted from another corner set piece to make it 3-0 going into the half time break.

Notts County did manage to pull a goal back in the second half but it was Latics that came away with the impressive win.

Speaking about the win, Philliskirk said: "It was a brilliant win and the lads were absolutely excellent. The first 45 minutes was probably our best this season. Notts County were joint top before Saturday and they are a big and strong team. 

"We dominated the ball in the first half, defended when we had to and we looked a real threat. We scored three goals in 10 minutes which really set us on our way. 

"Their goalkeeper pulled off two great saves from Brendy Glackin and Rio Murray and we could have been four or five up at half time. 

"The lads tired slightly in the second half and Notts County threw caution to the wind. We broke a few times and could have made it more comfortable but they got a goal back and we had a little wobble for five minutes. 

"Chris Renshaw had to make a couple of saves and the back lads were throwing themselves in front of balls, which was good to see. We did look good on the counter and we had further chances and we managed to see the game out. 

“Notts County are a good team and their staff are really good people but I don’t think they could begrudge us the victory. 

"The lads are in a good place at the moment. We’ve got a bit of momentum about things and we know in this league, if we put our strongest side out week in, week out we are a match for anyone in this league.”

Philliskirk was delighted with his players but also praised the ground staff for making sure the pitch was in a perfect playable condition for his side.

“Credit must go to the ground staff at Chapel Road for getting the game on,” Philliskirk commented.

“The weather was dryer but John Sheridan and the first team players kept off the pitch to enable us to get the game on and the ground staff did great work on it. 

“The pitch was great and that typified our performance."

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