Paul Dickov believes a professional performance helped Oldham Athletic avoid a cup shock at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Christian Montano and Jose Baxter earned Latics a place in the second round of the FA Cup at the expense of their non-league opponents at Aggborough.
Dickov believes Kidderminster made it difficult for the visitors, but the Scot was pleased with his side’s attitude and performance.
“Give Kidderminster credit because we knew it was going to be a tough game for us and they gave us that,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.
“We knew it would be a tough match as we had them watched and also seen DVD’s of their games,” he added, when talking to the club’s website.
“We showed them respect as they are a dangerous side to play against, especially at home.
“We are delighted to get through to the next round, which is the most important thing, after a really professional performance. The boys were excellent.
“At whatever level, especially away from home, you are going to come under pressure, but defensively we were solid.”
Young midfielder James Tarkowski returned in place of the suspended Jean-Yves M’voto in the only change from the side which started the draw at Crawley the previous week.
The result means Latics have now won four of their last seven matches in all competitions ahead of their derby with Bury on Tuesday night.
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