Writer: Site Staff
Date:Thursday October 10 2013
One of our two Goalscorers against Preston in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Danny Philliskirk has said that fans can see how much the players want to win the competition this season by the amount of energy they put into the game, and the way they dug in despite our now, well known injury problems ahead of the match and on the day of the match itself.
Philliskirk notched up his third goal in the JPT this campaign, after scoring a brace against Shrewsbury Town in the first round encounter, and whilst other clubs have fielded weakened sides through choice, he points to the fact that manager Lee Johnson has consistently selected a strong squad for our matches - everybody at Oldham wants that trip to Wembley in effect.
Speaking to the Official Site following the two nil victory Philliskirk was adamant about our intentions in the competition this term.
'We're in it to win it. There's no point taking part if you don't want to and we will be giving it our all.'
As for his goal so early on in the game, he admitted he even took him by surprise, but he was just pleased to have taken the chance and set us on our way to victory - especially as his goal helped focus everybody on the game and not the injuries we were carrying, so it gave us a good boost on the night.
Of course, James Wesolowski doubling our advantage only a few minutes later more than helped, and Philliskirk more than acknowledges that. Especially when we were more under the cosh in the second 45 minutes, that two goal cushion really gave us something to hold on to and take confidence from even when we were pinned back.
In other news, Lee Johnson has talked about his relief at having an 11 day break now because despite his initial disappointment at having no game this weekend, he joked he's not sure if we did now whether he'd have the players to fill the squad. So the break has come at the perfect time for us as we look to get people back to full fitness and over their injury and illness niggles.
The draw for the Area Quarter Final of the JPT takes place this weekend.
Date:Thursday October 10 2013
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Johnson Delighted With Comeback (Monday December 2 2013)
Stats: Oldham v Bradford (Sunday December 1 2013)
Plummer Fixes Defensive Options (Thursday November 28 2013)
Loanee Arrives, Three Ruled Out (Thursday November 28 2013)
Stats: Shrewsbury v Oldham (Tuesday November 26 2013)
Dream Debut For New Loanee (Sunday November 24 2013)
Stats: Gillingham v Oldham (Saturday November 23 2013)
Petrasso Joins From QPR (Friday November 22 2013)
League Is The Bread & Butter (Friday November 22 2013)
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