HARRY Kewell singled out Alfie McCalmont as his man of the match in Latics’ win against Salford.

The Leeds loanee was back in the Oldham side as one of four changes from the defeat at Cheltenham a few days earlier.

And although it was Dylan Bahamboula and Davis Keillor-Dunn who got the goals to turn things around at Boundary Park, Kewell was full of praise for McCalmont’s industry throughout the afternoon.

“I thought Alfie was excellent today, he was my man of the match,” the Latics boss said.

“He was all over the place – fast, furious, getting on the ball, confident on the ball, just perfect for me today.

“Even in the first half he was getting on the ball and he was trying to work things.

“His performance was superb.”

Kewell hailed his side’s spirit after a vast improvement in the second half saw them flip the game on its head in the final 15 minutes.

After the triumph against Newport seven days earlier, the Ammies win made it back-to-back home victories over teams fancied to be at the sharp end of League Two come the end of the season.

It leaves Latics 13th in the table and six point shy of the play-off places with a trip to Scunthorpe on the agenda next Saturday.

The next stage is turning impressive wins here and there into a consistent run of results.

“The spirit is something that we’re building,” Kewell said.

“We’re trying and it doesn’t happen overnight. We knew from the start of the season it was going to take time.

“I take my hat off to my players because the amount of pressure I put on them in training, we’re starting to see the slow progressions.

“We’re not going to be getting ahead of ourselves though.

"We’ll enjoy this one and then turn our attentions to the next game.”