Things start to look up for Latics
Reporter: SIMON SMEDLEY
Date online: 07 October 2013
ATHLETIC hit-man Charlie MacDonald believes a victory is just round the corner.
Boundary Park is set for a wait until October 19 for Athletic’s next game, against Carlisle at home.
But MacDonald believes the run of six matches without success is sure to end soon.
Lee Johnson’s men were unlucky on Saturday, pegged back by league leaders Leyton Orient deep into the second half when Shaun Batt's suspiciously offside-looking goal handed the visitors a 1-1 draw.
MacDonald, whose third goal of the season handed Athletic the lead, reckons a maximum points haul to lift the club from 17th place in the standings will come sooner rather than later.
The 32 year old said: “We really showed we meant business on Saturday. That was why it was so disappointing to see two points slip away.
“We really pressed together as a team and we didn’t give Orient time to play at all. We knocked them off their stride - and that’s a good team that is top of the league.
“We’ve not got a league game for a fortnight now, but if we maintain that kind of performance then we’ll move up the table.”
MacDonald saluted his talented junior strike-partner Danny Philliskirk (22), who impressed after being called on to start the weekend’s high-profile game against such tough opposition.
“He’s a clever player for a young lad,” added MacDonald. “He’s a real bright spark.”
Athletic have a chance to quickly shake off Saturday’s frustrations as they travel to Preston tomorrow in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy (7.45pm).
The side will be without right back Matteo Lanzoni, who was due a scan on a hamstring injury today.
Carl Winchester is also set to be away with Northern Ireland under-21s.
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