Lee hails hur­ri­cane saviour for Lat­ics

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

THERE was a storm brew­ing at Old­ham be­fore a “hur­ri­cane” per­for­mance, as promised, by Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris helped the Lat­ics steer fur­ther clear of the drop zone with vic­tory over Brad­ford.

Two goals from ClarkeHar­ris laid the plat­form for a vi­tal win, which keeps them well in the mix to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

And boss Lee John­son was de­lighted for his striker, who bagged his first goals since De­cem­ber.

“It was im­por­tant we were clin­i­cal, we’ve gone through a few games where we’ve had bet­ter chances than that and not fin­ished them off,” John­son said.

“I was pleased for Jon­son, be­cause he said he was go­ing to be a hur­ri­cane out there for us – and I was thrilled he got the two goals.

“We con­trolled it and felt com­fort­able through­out; ob­vi­ously it's never to­tally com­fort­able but I think we sent our trav­el­ling sup­port home re­ally happy.”

With Old­ham just four points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone at the start of play, the win was vi­tal in their at­tempts to stay in League One.

And they got the lead their early play de­served af­ter 22 min­utes; a great nod down from ClarkeHar­ris en­abled James Wesolowski to smash home from six yards, and put the vis­i­tors in front.

How­ever, the home side got back into it af­ter 35 min­utes. Af­ter win­ning the ball in mid­field with a su­perb tackle, Matty Dolan pro­vided a fine through ball for Adam Reach, who had the com­po­sure to round Paul Rachubka and slot home.

Two goals from that man Clarke-Har­ris ei­ther side of half-time put the Lat­ics firmly in con­trol though, the first thun­dered home af­ter good work from Gary Harkins and the sec­ond a stun­ning fin­ish af­ter be­ing put clear by Jonathan Grounds. They man­aged to see the rest of the game out trou­ble-free un­til the 94th minute, when Brad­ford skip­per Gary Jones bagged a con­so­la­tion with a low shot from the edge of the area.

The per­for­mance left Brad­ford boss Phil Parkin­son ru­ing a missed op­por­tu­nity to all but con­firm their League One sta­tus – the Ban­tams are still hov­er­ing on 49 points with five games left.

“This was a chance to put it to bed, but we didn’t take it. But I’ve got to look at my­self, be­cause I’ve asked the same team to go again for the third time in seven days,” Parkin­son said.

“It’s in our own hands, but it was a chance to move to­wards fin­ish­ing in the top half, but we didn’t give our­selves a chance with the way we played un­for­tu­nately.”

STAR MAN GARY HARKIN

S Old­ham

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