Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov conceded his side were second best against derby rivals Bury despite two refereeing decision going against Latics.
Bury, inside the relegation zone, secured their first away win in the league since April 21 with a 2-1 triumph at Boundary Park, against a team who had lost just once in their last seven games.
Even though Oldham’s performance disappointed him, Dickov felt two key decisions had a big impact on the match.
“I am not making excuses for getting beaten because we probably deserved it for our first-half showing, but two massive decisions went against us,” Dickov said.
“I am just flabbergasted about the two penalty shouts. The foul on Dean was a stonewall penalty.
“As for Bury’s, the referee and his assistant had a conversation about it.
“Surely if the referee thinks it is a penalty he blows his whistle straightaway and, if there is any doubt, he doesn’t give it.”
Dickov admitted his side did not play as it had it recent weeks as Oldham suffered defeat for the first time since October 22.
“In the first half we were very poor and had no energy and enthusiasm about us,” admitted Dickov
“And it looked a different side to the one which has been playing in recent weeks which is puzzling as we haven’t changed anything in training.
“Bury worked their socks off, had a game plan and were better than us in the first half.
“In the second half we had a go which is the least the players can do. We huffed and puffed and put a bit of pressure on them, but it was too little, too late.”
A bizarre own goal from James Tarkowski and a penalty from Steven Schumacher condemned Oldham to their first home defeat since September 29 despite Robbie Simpson’s late goal.