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New deal for Jose Baxter, but Oldham Athletic’s Paul Dickov unhappy with ‘lacklustre’ Brentford defeat

By Colin Henrys

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov believes his side came up short in defeat to Brentford at Boundary Park – overshadowing the good news of Jose Baxter’s new contract.

Baxter, whose initial six month contract was due to expire after the match, agreed a deal until summer 2015 – announced before kick-off.

Clayton Donaldson, the Bees’ top scorer, bagged two goals however leaving Dickov to bemoan a lack of the effort and desire which was on display in previous weeks.

“It was really disappointing after last week,” he told the club’s website.

“We were lacklustre and we didn’t show the same effort and desire as we did to come back against Scunthorpe and against Nottingham Forest.

“We weren’t quite at it. There was a lack of tempo with our passing and a lack of tempo when we were closing down players.

“It was a nearly game – we nearly won the ball back, nearly got crosses in the box and nearly got shots in.

“There wasn’t much in the game and if we had stepped up an extra ten per cent we could have got something out of it.”

Latics – who also started with Reece Wabara after the Manchester City youngster agreed to return on an emergency two-week loan – had more possession and shots than their promotion-chasing visitors.

However, they were made to pay for two defensive errors as Donaldson nodded Brentford in front on five minutes, and wrapped up the win with eight minutes remaining.

Dickov praised the Bees, but was unable to hide his disappointment at a defeat which leaves Latics just four points clear of the drop zone.

“Brentford are a good team with a lot of good, powerful players and you have to give them credit,” he said.

“In saying that, we had more possession and more shots than them but I could not see us winning the game today.

“I don’t know whether it was the euphoria of last week or Jose signing just before kick-off, but we were flat.”

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