John­son learn­ing on the job as Old­ham sink

OLD­HAM ............1 CARLISLE ..........2

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Oliver Rhodes

OLD­HAM boss Lee John­son slammed his play­ers’ first-half per­for­mance af­ter the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers fell to de­feat against Carlisle.

Liam No­ble and Jor­dan Mus­toe en­sured the Cum­bri­ans bagged three points, de­spite Jose Bax­ter’s sec­ond-half penalty.

John­son ad­mit­ted he now un­der­stands the rea­son for the Lat­ics’ lowly league po­si­tion af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing his first man­age­rial de­feat, but called on his squad to show their met­tle in their re­main­ing fix­tures.

“It was very poor from us in the first-half. In the sec­ond-half, the lads did give it a go to be fair,” said the 31-year-old.

“We could have pos­si­bly come out with a draw. That is not the re­quired stan­dard and it is not ac­cept­able that first-half dis­play.

“I hope it is hurt­ing them as much as it is hurt­ing me. Over­all, it showed me why we are where we are in the league.

“It is im­por­tant to see that so we can move for­ward. I hope they can use that first-half dis­play as power in the next game.

“When it does hurt, some­times you can use that to give you added en­ergy.

“It is like we need a punch on the nose to get go­ing.We have to re­tal­i­ate first and make sure we are on the front foot.

“But this is foot­ball and this is life – some­times you get knocks.”

Carlisle broke the dead­lock through No­ble’s drilled strike, be­fore Mus­toe lofted the ball over Dean Bouza­nis to make it 2-0 af­ter 33 min­utes.

Old­ham net­ted with Bax­ter con­vert­ing from the penalty spot for his 15th goal in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

The Lat­ics con­tin­ued their on­slaught with Matt Smith coming on to add some ae­rial men­ace, but Carlisle sur­vived the flurry of at­tacks and man­ager Greg Ab­bott ad­mit­ted he was re­lieved to hear the full time whis­tle.

“I had 49 min­utes of anx­ious mo­ments, be­cause it was like the Alamo with big Smith coming on and the rest of it,” he said.

“You are never safe un­til you are math­e­mat­i­cally safe so it’s cer­tainly a big win.

“I didn’t think we would ever prop­erly get dragged in, but the longer the games go and the longer you go with­out the points it some­times hap­pens.

“Fair play to Lee John­son – a 31year-old to be able to with­stand the pres­sure of mak­ing some re­sults in the next few games. You’re talk­ing about how tough the job is and he will find out the hard way, but I do wish him well.

“I have never seen that in Jor­dan [Mus­toe], but it was a Pre­mier League fin­ish. “He gave away the penalty, so I’ll praise him with one hand and take it away with the other.”

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JOSE BAX­TER

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