Johnson’s relieved at Baxter late strike
OLDHAM’S rookie boss Lee Johnson may well have to book an appointment with the doctor after watching his side just about come out on top in an unbelievable game at the Lamex Stadium.
Behind at half-time and then 3-1 up with 20 minutes to go, prospects looked rosy for the visitors.
But then they were pegged back to 3-3 before Jose Baxter’s second goal of the game – from the spot – wrapped up the scoring with just four minutes to spare.
And Johnson said: “That was real heart attack stuff wasn’t it?
“It was incredible really, but overall I felt we deserved to take the victory.
“We’ve got a new side here but everyone can see we’ve got goals in us.
“I was disappointed with a couple of the goals we conceded, though at the end of the day we’ve come away with the three points from a really tough place.
“We’ve had a good summer and all the lads have gelled really well.
“There’s a togetherness there and a spirit.
“I’d much rather win 40 than 4-3 though.”
Both sides created chances in a real bloodand-thunder first half, but it was the 44th minute by the time Stevenage broke the deadlock.
Greg Tansey floated in a cross from the right, former Oldham striker Oumare Tounkara struck the base of a a post, but as the ball flew loose there was Darius Charles who couldn’t miss from two yards. James Tarkowski levelled it up five minutes after the restart.
He crashed home a sweet volley from Baxter’s out-swinging free-kick to deservedly make it 1-1.
Two goals in four minutes then fired Oldham into a seemingly unassailable lead – the first coming from Baxter after Chris Day saved his initial spot-kick.
Cristian Montano clipped home superbly to make it 3-1, before Tansey and sub exOldham striker Filipe Morais levelled it up again.
However, Baxter planted his second spot-kick home convincingly late on after a Charles handball to complete a stunning victory.
And Stevenage boss Graham Westley said:“It’s just been a really miserable day all round for us.
“We’ve put the effort in but that’s not always enough at League One level.We were very much on top in the first half, but you’ve got to try and kill teams off when you’re in that situation.
“We got the goal at a great time, then in the second-half we just let them come at us.
“Oldham might not have been fancied to do particularly well this season but we’ve seen they are a real threat.”