Liverpool v Oldham: Lee Johnson hails 'monumental' moment

Lee Johnson

Oldham manager Lee Johnson hailed a "monumental" moment for the club after his side beat Mansfield to set up an FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool.

The 4-1 victory over the Stags sees the Latics face the Reds in the competition for the third consecutive season.

"I am delighted for the lads and everyone connected with the club," Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"There are certain points in your career, when you play for a small club, that are monumental and this is one."

The Latics went behind in the second round encounter with Mansfield when Ross Dyer headed home after 12 minutes.

Oldham then hit back in the second half with goals from Danny Philliskirk, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Matteo Lanzoni and an Adam Rooney penalty.

When they met Liverpool at the same stage in January 2012, the Reds were comfortable 5-1 winners, but the League One outfit shocked Brendan Rodgers' side 3-2 in the fourth round in January 2013.

Johnson, 32, wants his players to enjoy their achievement, with his side currently 16th in the third tier of English football.

"It is fantastic for the lads. Not too many of them were involved the last time around," he said.

"I am delighted for them but we have to focus on the league.

"What a great game to have come January and we will all be looking forward to it thoroughly."

Clarke-Harris, who fired in the second goal against Mansfield, is aiming to test himself against Premier League opposition.

"The lads are all buzzing with a trip to Anfield now," said the 19-year-old striker.

"It is an amazing feeling, a boyhood dream to be going there to play.

"I will get a chance to compare myself to their big players."

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