Updated: Friday, 17th January 2020 @ 10:25am

‘We looked exciting’: Oldham Athletic return to winning ways under caretaker coach Tony Philliskirk

‘We looked exciting’: Oldham Athletic return to winning ways under caretaker coach Tony Philliskirk

By Kim Richards

Oldham Athletic caretaker boss Tony Philliskirk was delighted after watching the Latics record their first league win of 2013 in style against Milton Keynes Dons.

Goals from Lee Barnard and Chris Iwelumo – both making their home debuts – and Jean-Yves M’voto earned Latics three valuable points in the battle to climb out of the relegation zone.

The win comes as the first game since Paul Dickov’s departure – and Philliskirk could not have been more pleased with Latics performance.

"I thought we played really well for an hour and in the first half there were times when we looked exciting," said Philliskirk.

"When you are just outside the bottom four, you think you will be alright. But after dropping in it, the realisation has kicked in that we are in trouble.

"I told the players afterwards that if we maintain this level of performance, there is no team in this league we should fear, home or away.

"Whoever takes over will inherit a good group of players who showed they are far better than our league position suggests.

Although Latics still sit in the drop zone the former Oldham player thinks the side can pull through.

“They have to take confidence from this win, not rest on their laurels and continue to get the points needed to get us out of trouble," said Philliskirk.

"If you had told me before the game we would have won 3-1, I would have snapped off your hand. To win the way we did was very pleasing.

The most important thing was to pick up three points and I would have taken playing poorly and winning 1-0 rather than playing well, getting pats on the back and getting beaten.”

Picture courtesy of Jon Candy via Wiki Commons, with thanks.

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