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Latics put a song in their heart... and five in the net

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 27 January 2014

GOAL hero Gary Harkins was the calmest man inside Boundary Park as he ran up to hit the dramatic penalty kick which brought Athletic level during their historic 5-4 win over Peterborough.

Three players put themselves forward to line up the vital spot-kick in the 89th minute, before instructions from the bench saw the ball handed to star performer Harkins.

The on-loan St Mirren playmaker duly sent goalkeeper Joe Day the wrong way for his second goal of the afternoon, setting up an amazing finish which was topped off by Genseric Kusunga’s added-time winner.

“It was good to get off the mark. With the penalty I expect to score anyway, but it was good to get us back on even terms and even better to go and get the win,” Harkins told the Chronicle.

“I didn’t know I was taking it until the last minute. But I don’t mind hitting them.”

Harkins, who was outstanding on the left flank as Athletic tore into Peterborough to turn around a 3-0 half-time deficit, admitted that Athletic’s primary goal, as fierce words were exchanged at the interval, was simply to go out and ‘win’ the second half.

Harkins scored three minutes into the second half and the rest is history.

“I have come back from 2-0 down before — but never from 3-0 and then 4-2,” he added.

“The atmosphere (in the dressing room) was unbelievable. You don’t get many feelings like that in the game. It felt horrible at half-time. But that kind of high outweighs any low.

The trick now for Athletic, up to 16th in the league, is to back up the unlikely win with another tomorrow against Wolves at Boundary Park (7.45pm kick-off).

Comments

A 1-0 win will do tommorow lads ..tough game but very winnable !

That second half performance will be remembered for years.
glad I was there.

I along with many Latics fans shook their head after 35 mins when LJ took Philiskirk off leaving Harkin on instead, clearly he can't occupy a central midfield role with his lack of pace.
Grounds had one of his worst games and despite making several errors he stuck at it!
Fair play to LJ openly admitting he got line up wrong with Smith at right back!

The first half was so awful the chap behind me left at half time.How he must have regretted it. When the final whistle went, you would have thought we had won the league the crowd went wild.

schoolboy soccer 1st half excellent 2nd half. Sad that fans see the need to leave or to boo but you pay your money and make your choice All said and done a game that will live in the memory of those who witnessed it, a rocking ground from the time the first goal went in to spark the comeback until after the final whistle. lets hope its the spark that sets the rest of the season on fire

This game epitomised what its like supporting OAFC - abject rubbish to absolute brilliance, albeit more compressed in this game. More of the brilliance / commitment / guts / heart, less of the rubbish please..

 

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