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Beleaguered Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov praises ‘fantastic battling point’ as Latics stop rot at Scunthorpe

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov was delighted with his team’s fighting qualities after securing a draw against Scunthorpe United at Glandford Park.

Latics were two goals behind inside the first 20 minutes but fought back to secure a point despite James Wesolowski’s sending off.

Having ended a run of five consecutive defeats and losing three members of his backroom staff, Dickov praised his side’s display.

“It’s a fantastic battling point, when you take into consideration that we were going into it on the back of four defeats and we went 2-0 down early doors,” said the Scot.

“At 2-2, with 11 against 11, we were playing some fantastic stuff and there was only one team that was going to win it.

“The character, the desire and the football quality in our team was shown today. It was a great performance.

“We looked like we were going to score with every attack.”

Former Iron captain Cliff Byrne, who spent nine years at Glandford Park, marked his return by opening his goal-scoring account for the Latics.

Byrne, who received an enormous cheer from the Scunthorpe fans before kick-off, believes Oldham were very determined.

“We showed terrific spirit today,” said the defender.

“Credit to the lads, apart from the first ten minutes we were the better side.”

Oldham equalised from the penalty spot with Jose Baxter’s tenth goal of the season but played out the last 22 minutes with ten men.

Wesolowski, who was sent off for a challenge on former Bury midfielder Damien Mozika, will miss the cup tie against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Image courtesy of Oldham Athletic, via YouTube, with thanks

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