Out of this world! Boss Lee Johnson says Oldham Athletic’s performance against Shrewsbury was ‘cosmic’

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic were so good against Shrewsbury Town that it was like they were from another planet, claims boss Lee Johnson.

A double from Danny Philliskirk on his Latics professional debut plus goals from Adam Rooney and Sidney Schmeltz ensured victory despite Graham Burke’s consolation on the stroke of half-time.

Despite a mixed start to the season it was the second time Athletic have scored four away from home already.

“I thought we were brilliant today, cosmic at times and could have scored seven or eight. That was more like it and I was really pleased,” he told the club website.

“I have been sat there racking my brains every week thinking how we are not winning these games when we have been playing so well and also watching the DVD’s of the games endless times.” 

Deadline day signing Genseric Kusunga missed out even though Oldham made three changes to the team which lost on Saturday to Tranmere Rovers.

Making their full debuts were Manchester City loanee Albert Rusnak, summer signing Anton Rodgers and Philliskirk who was thrilled with the start to his Latics professional career.

“It was great to score two and extra special as they were first goals in professional football,” added Philliskirk, 22.

“I am just thankful for everyone for giving me the chance and getting the opportunity to play. I am delighted.

“I got into the box and luckily things came to me. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t, but they went in for me.”

It was the first time the Latics have won at Shrewsbury since 1987.

The last time Oldham won a first round Johnsone’s Paint Trophy match was in 2007 because when they reached the area final two seasons ago they received a bye into the second round.

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