Allen soothed by home comforts
Oldham’s FA Cup hero Reece Wabara is on his way to Blackpool
after they agreed a deal with Manchester City for the right-back,
Sky Sports understands.
Wabara ended his loan stint at Oldham in impressive fashion as
he scored the winner against Liverpool on Sunday.
But Wabara looks unlikely to be enjoying the fifth-round clash
with Everton, as he is on his way to the Championship.
The 21-year-old is now set to agree a loan move that will keep
him at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season.
A brace from Paddy Madden sent the Dons – who beat QPR in the FA
Cup on Saturday – to their first defeat in 2013, with goalscorer
Antony Kay dismissed in the second half for an off-the-ball clash
The League One game was thrown into doubt but was eventually
given the green light when referee Mick Russell passed a late pitch
inspection as swirling rain swept across Huish Park.
Johnson said: “We knew that if we could get the game on then we
would be up for it.
“It was a big game and we knew that whichever side lost would be
very disappointed. We knew that if it could go ahead and we got a
positive result, we would find ourselves like a cat amongst the
pigeons in the top seven or eight.
“We’re getting closer to where we want to be. Of course I wanted
the game on as we’re the home team, but to be fair, Karl Robinson
also wanted it on.
“The referee quite rightly waited a little while to check it was
safe, but we all decided to start it and credit to both sets of
players. If you walk out there now the pitch looks
“It’s absolutely great to have Paddy Madden around – he is an
infectious runner, he has a bit of Irish blood in him, and is a
great finisher. He shows that week in, week out for us.”
Cody McDonald netted from close range after Northampton
goalkeeper Lee Nicholls misjudged a Matt Fish long ball to put the
hosts ahead in the fourth minute of the League Two clash at
Myles Weston smashed in off the post to secure the win and Allen
felt the players were deserving of a first home success since
He said: “You saw from Myles’ celebration and the celebration of
the whole team and in the dugout what it meant and you could sense
the relief from all our supporters that turned out.
“The players deserve all the credit for the club to go top of
the league and 10 points clear of fourth place is some going.
“The run that we have had here does start to get on everyone’s
back wherever you go. People do mention it but I have had to try
and deflect and dilute that feeling.
“We have had two fantastic wins away at Southend and Bristol
Rovers so when people talked about a crisis I didn’t buy into
“We were due a bit of luck. It is sometimes difficult to play in
front of your home fans when you have been top for four and a half
months. Everybody raises their game but we are delighted to have