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Burr reflects on 4-1 loss to Oldham
Monday 10th July 2017 @ 17:29 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic suffered a 4-1 loss to Oldham Athletic in their first pre-season game at Bower Fold on Saturday.

During a glorious afternoon in Tameside, Celtic fell behind in the 33rd minute when Ryan Leonard’s close range effort inside the box crashed off the post and into the net.

John Sheridan’s side doubled their advantage just three minutes later, Topie Obadeyi pouncing from close range and converting a rebound from six yards out.

The visitors then made it 3-0 in the 51st minute when Os Fain scored from outside the box, but Celtic pulled one back in the 64th minute.

The goal had little influence on a potential comeback, however, as Oldham notched their fourth in the 68th minute through former Celtic product, Darius Osei.

Manager Steve Burr

Despite the loss to the League One outfit, manager Steve Burr said his players were a credit to themselves in what he described as ‘red hot’ conditions.

Following the game, the 57-year-old said: “You saw what the conditions were like today – a red hot day – and I think it was just about getting some minutes under the players’ belts.

“I thought we looked quite solid in the first-half.

“There were a couple of mistakes with the goal, and I thought to go in 2-0 down at half-time was quite harsh.”

In a bid to change the game and assess new players, Burr changed things around in the second-half. He said: “Players are there to impress, and like I said to every one of them beforehand, good performances don’t go unnoticed.

“I’m delighted altogether with the game and obviously with the quality of the opposition, it was a good test for our lads.”

Burr is hoping for a productive week of training before Saturday’s clash at Hyde United. He said: “We’ll have a week where we can work on a bit of fitness, because I felt that one or two today were a bit rusty, but it’s all about gearing up for the first game of the season, and it’s important that we get a look at lads who we’ve brought in.

“I felt today that we gave them (trialists) a fair chance. Whether we’ll have them back in, we’ll have a chat about it and see.

“It was our first session on Thursday night, so to throw the lads together today was a credit to them really.”