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Murray Pulls No Punches After Vale Defeat

Oldham's assistant manager faced the press following the one nil defeat to Port Vale yesterday, and he wasn't putting a gloss on our performance.

With manager Lee Johnson presumably going up the wall, Paul Murray came out for the initial after match press comments, and he said the team need to go back to the drawing board to analyse what they are doing on the pitch, because things are fine in training, but it just isn't carrying over into the games themselves.

'It's just not happening on the field. We've got a soft underbelly and teams know they are going to get something from us. We've got to put that right and do so quickly.'

He goes on to say that at points in the first half we did play some really good stuff and we almost found the break through, but we let ourselves down in the final third with the final ball or with very poor finishing.

'We've got to get some points on the board and we've got to do it by hook or by crook. We are trying to bring in new players to help us, but the ones already here know they can perform a lot better than they did in the second half.'

The loss could've been by a greater margin as well had goalkeeper Mark Oxley not brilliantly save a Jennison Myrie-Williams penalty .

In terms of January strengthening, it's also being reported following the game that Oldham are looking at David Goodwillie and Andrew Driver. Goodwillie is on the books of Blackburn Rovers but is currently on loan to Dundee United, however if a deal can be done, he can be recalled.

Driver is without a club following his release by Houston Dynamo, and has actually just completed an unsuccessful trial at Yeovil Town, but manager Lee Johnson knows him well from their time as team mates at Heart of Midlothian in Scotland.

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Date:Sunday January 19 2014

Time: 2:47PM


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