John­son’s Lat­ics toil for lit­tle re­ward

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

OLD­HAM had to set­tle for a draw in gale-force con­di­tions at Bound­ary Park but the re­sult wasn’t for lack of try­ing, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Lee John­son.

Danny Philliskirk got the hosts off to a flyer, fir­ing them ahead af­ter just five min­utes, but Ai­den Flint soon drew Bris­tol City level.

Tor­ren­tial rain set in and nei­ther side pro­duced a vin­tage dis­play, but for Old­ham it was a missed op­por­tu­nity to put some dis­tance be­tween them and the drop zone.

John­son ad­mit­ted there were as­pects of the tie from which he can take some com­fort, even if only one of them was a point – as op­posed to three.

“Ob­vi­ously we tried, we huffed and puffed,” he said.

“It was a great strike from Danny Philliskirk and then we didn't re­ally af­fect their goal­mouth enough.

“We couldn't re­ally get go­ing but I have to be fair to the lads – it was a tough set of cir­cum­stances.

“I thought it was a tough game in tough con­di­tions. It was very cold and windy.

“It’s not a bad point. It wasn't a great per­for­mance but they’re not a bad side. I would just like a lit­tle bit more in terms of bit of move­ment and a bit of qual­ity.

“We never re­ally looked as threat­en­ing as we have done. But it was a fair point and it keeps us away from that bot­tom group.”

The match got off to a fly­ing start as Philliskirk floated an effort over the help­less Si­mon Moore to give the Lat­ics an early ad­van­tage.

City re­sponded well and five min­utes later Ty­rone Bar­nett’s header was well saved by Mark Ox­ley, but Flint stabbed home from six yards out.

Nei­ther cre­ated any clear-cut chances, each in search of a win­ner, but Bris­tol City boss Steve Cot­ter­ill be­lieves his side were closer to nick­ing it.

“We had a cou­ple of great moves and, had we man­aged to fin­ish them off, we would have been talk­ing about some ex­cel­lent goals,” he said.

“It was an­other one of those days when the con­di­tions were poor and it was dif­fi­cult for the play­ers.

“That makes it dif­fi­cult to play foot­ball and I think they had as many half chances as we had, I’m not en­tirely sur­prised by that.

“Both sides tried to play and I was happy with some of our foot­ball in the sec­ond half.

“When you lose like we did the other day, it is re­ally im­por­tant not to lose the next game.We’ve done that and I sup­pose that moves us up a notch.

“This would have been the first time that back four had played to­gether and I thought they did bet­ter.

“Derrick Wil­liams played very well af­ter be­ing moved to left-back and Bren­dan Moloney had a de­cent game.”

STAR MAN GARY HARKIN

S Old­ham

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