All smiles for Rooney af­ter first Lat­ics goals

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

WHILE one striker called Rooney re­mains em­broiled in a trans­fer saga, an­other opened his ac­count for Old­ham Ath­letic – much to the de­light of man­ager Lee John­son.

Adam Rooney struck twice, while James Day­ton also scored to earn the Lat­ics their sec­ond league win of the sea­son against Port Vale, who scored through Jen­ni­son Myrie-Wil­liams.

John­son in­sists his team played like ‘win­ners’ and shared Rooney’s re­lief in the striker fi­nally scor­ing for Old­ham, fol­low­ing his com­pli­cated switch dur­ing the sum­mer.

“It’s nice for Rooney to get off the mark. The first goal was a great header and with the sec­ond, he is just in the right area,” John­son said.

“I read a good in­ter­view in one of the pa­pers, where Rooney said he had con­fi­dence in him­self and that he’s al­ways scored goals.

“I am de­lighted with a win.We have been talk­ing about be­ing win­ners all week and the play­ers stood up to that.

“I don’t know if it was a penalty, but Jonathan Grounds can’t have too many com­plaints. But Mark Ox­ley did well, showed good char­ac­ter and dug us out.”

Rooney scored in the 15th minute with a pow­er­ful header in to the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter Cris­tian Mon­tano whipped in a danger­ous cross.

Port Vale re­sponded shortly af­ter the half-hour mark with Myrie-Wil­liams cut­ting in­side and curl­ing be­yond Ox­ley.

Lee Hughes earned a penalty for the Valiants af­ter fall­ing un­der the chal­lenge of Grounds, but the for­mer Lat­ics front­man tamely struck at Ox­ley’s legs.

Old­ham re­stored their ad­van­tage be­fore the hour mark with Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris’ shot su­perbly blocked on the line, only for Rooney to eas­ily tap-in the re­bound.

The Lat­ics ex­tended their lead in the 77th minute, as Day­ton em­u­lated coun­ter­part Myrie-Wil­liams with a delightful curl­ing fin­ish.

Port Vale boss Micky Adams rued the missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as he thought his side were ca­pa­ble of win­ning.

“I am dis­ap­pointed and there are key mo­ments that stand out, like the missed penalty and the hand­ball ap­peal in the sec­ond-half,” he said.

“The key de­ci­sions did not go our way. I could not see us los­ing it to be hon­est, but we switched off and we failed to hold up the ball in at­tack.

“We’re miss­ing play­ers per­for­mance-wise and cer­tain per­son­nel have not come to the fore.

“We need to an­a­lyse that and get those play­ers back in form. They may be lack­ing con­fi­dence or car­ry­ing a knock, but we will get to the bot­tom of it.”

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