John­son’s re­lieved at Bax­ter late strike

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/ By Si­mon Smed­ley

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.”

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