Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov was proud of his players as they kick-started their season with a win over former Premier League side Portsmouth.
Jonathan Grounds’ cross-cum-shot in the 59th minute was to enough settle a fiery affair, with both teams down to ten men after Cliff Byrne was sent off for the Latics and Joanthan Obita for Pompey.
The win was Oldham’s first of the season and Dickov was delighted to claim all three points against what he believes is still a top side in the division.
“I am really proud of my players because a lot of questions have been asked of them this week,” Dickov told the club’s website.
“When that happens, the best way is to put in a performance and show how together we are and how determined we were to get a result.
“I thought we defended fantastically well because not many teams will win at Portsmouth. It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet against a good set of players.
“And the move for our goal was fantastic and some of the football we played, and the way we mixed it up, was a lot better than we have been doing recently.”
League One rivals Bury’s home defeat against Notts County showed that life after Richie Barker is proving to be tough, with the Shakers still waiting for their first win of the season.
Caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff blamed his side’s inability to take chances, but felt, missed opportunities aside, his side can draw positives.
“We can’t miss that many chances to win a football match,” said Shirtliff
“It’s a recipe for disaster to concede an early goal from a set piece and then schoolboy stuff at the end when they get another one, which obviously flatters them with the result.
“If you take the goals away, the performance was very good. There were a lot of good things, but at the end of the day – you have to stick the ball in the back of the net to win games – we haven’t done that.”
Goals from Ashley Grimes and veteran Dele Adebola against Barnet gave Rochdale their first win in League Two since being relegated back to the division.
The win sees the Dale lifted up to 14th place, and puts them in good stead as they face fellow League Two side Fleetwood Town in the JP Trophy on Tuesday.