Updated: Sunday, 29th March 2020 @ 7:27am

Boss Paul Dickov rues decisions going against Oldham Athletic as Latics snatch last-gasp draw

Boss Paul Dickov rues decisions going against Oldham Athletic as Latics snatch last-gasp draw

 
Manager Paul Dickov rued two key decisions going against Oldham Athletic, despite a last-gasp equaliser earning Latics a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
 
Substitute Matt Smith levelled the game in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Nick Blackman’s penalty had earlier put the hosts in front at Bramall Lane.
 
The dramatic point means that Oldham are yet to be beaten this month, but Dickov felt that two contentious decisions cost Latics all three points.
 
"I thought at the time we should have had a goal and have since been told by people who have seen it that it ought to have been given,” Dickov told the club’s website after Jonathan Grounds’ first-half strike was ruled out.

"Yet again we are talking about a goal which has been chalked out for offside. It is getting to the point when it is not good enough." 
 
Sheffield United’s penalty was also questioned by Latics’ manager.
 
“You need referees to be strong when you come to places like this, but we didn’t get that today," he said.
 
The hosts would have moved into second place were it not for Smith’s late strike, but Dickov believes the draw was nothing less than his side deserved.
 
“My first thoughts after the game are that we deserved to win,” he said. “We had more chances and looked a threat every time we went forward.”
 
“The spirit, attitude and desire the boys showed in coming to a place like this, falling behind and coming back to get a point shows fantastic character,” he added.
 
“I am proud because they dug in and deserved the result.”
 
The draw means that Oldham move ahead of Leyton Orient into 15th place in League One, and the two meet next week at Boundary Park.