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Latics claim first win of 2018
Monday 5th February 2018 @ 11:38 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

EFL League One

Oldham Athletic 2-1 Bradford City


Oldham claimed their first victory of 2018 with a 2-1 victory over playoff chasing Bradford city at Boundary Park on Saturday.

Latics had failed to win in their previous nine games but a great display of defensive solidity earned all three points for Richie Wellens side. In the process, Oldham inflicted a fifth straight league defeat on the Bantams.

Despite a complete team effort, Latics will feel indebted to Cameron Dummigan whose 12th minute rocket put the hosts ahead.

The full-back ran at the visitors defence and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

Oldham were the better side from this point onwards and they could have doubled their lead on two occasions. Dan Gardner produced a fine stop from Colin Doyle before Wolves loanee Duckens Nazon also had his shot saved.

Bradford rarely threatened throughout the game but when they did they were profligate infront of goal. Callum Guy hit an effort wide in the 65th minute from the edge of the 18 yard box.

Oldham effectively put the game to bed in the 86th minute when Aaron Holloway headed home Ryan McLaughlin’s cross, although the hosts were made to sweat in the final minutes when Jordon Gibson pulled one back for Bradford.

Following the game, Wellens showered his players with praise. Speaking to IFollow Latics, he said: “In a weird way, we started the game probably the worst we have in the last six or seven games.

“That was probably due to the circumstances but we wanted to get at them early because we know they are a side struggling with confidence as well.

“On Thursday, I said in an interview that we needed something to spark us off into a good run and Cameron Dummigan’s strike is a special strike.

“I thought he was outstanding, along with other players and everyone stood up today and showed that with the character, we can pick wins up.

“I’m going to be honest, I didn’t enjoy any of the performance. I don’t want to play like that and it’s frustrating for a manager who wants to play their own way and has to change but that’s the first time in six or seven games that I’ve had two up front.

“Everyone pulled together and we got a great win. We hope that springboards into the rest of the season.

“We needed something today because it’s a tough game next week but there are games coming up after that where we can pick up some good points.

“In terms of confidence, I’m sure that’s given them a big boost.”

Of Dummigan’s strike, Wellens said:“That will my goal of the season,” he admitted. “There has been some good passing goals but in the circumstances, we needed someone to do something in a moment of crisis and he produced an unbelievable strike.

“He’s got it in his locker and I love Cammy to bits. He’s got got good potential to take his game to the next level.

“He’s got everything as a defender, he’s quick, his delivery is good when he concentrates and he can take his man on in the final third and he was one of five or six who was outstanding”.