Oldham’s Johnson awards man of the match to fans after Yeovil embarrassment

Oldham Athletic endured a miserable afternoon on Saturday by losing 4-0 to relegation-threatened Yeovil Town at Park.

First half-goals from Stephen Arthurworrey, Simon Gillett, and Sam Hoskins saw the away side race into a 3-0 lead at half-time before Kieffer Moore completed the rout.

Latics’ boss Lee Johnson Lee Johnson was so disappointed with the performance and the result that he felt compelled to apologise to fans.

“All I can do as a manager of a football club is apologise to our supporters for that performance. I do believe that some players let us down on the day and hopefully it was a one-off. Some of the traits were very worrying. What more can I do than apologise? 

“We haven’t set them out to go like that and it was a strong team that we put out. We lost Forte before the game and Liam Kelly however it was still a strong and experienced side we put out there and I’m very disappointed for multiple reasons. 

“All I can do is apologise to everyone and thank them for their support. If there was a man of the match, it would have to go to the fans.”

The defeat was their heaviest since a 5-1 humbling in February 2012 by MK Dons – whom they travel to next Saturday in search of redemption.

Saturday’s game is the first of a busy Christmas period for Oldham, and the defeat to lowly Yeovil will have hampered Johnson’s preparations – especially as it seems as if players are unwilling to accept responsibility for the performance.

“Surprisingly none of the players apologised to us and I think that is something that should be done,” said the 33-year-old.

“We are at a stage where I’ve got to pick a team for MK Dons but we are going to a difficult place. If we turn up like that, we will lose by 10.

“I wanted to win that game more than anything because it would have set us up. Fair play to my Dad for what he did. Their team was better than ours.”

Main image courtesy of OAFC Official via YouTube, with thanks.

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