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‘Sickening’ blow for Paul Dickov after Oldham Athletic’s last-gasp defeat to Coventry City

By Kim Richards

A ‘sickening’ last-gasp winner for Coventry City left Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov devastated but proud of his troops’ spirited performance at the Ricoh Arena.

Latics thought they had salvaged a point through Matt Smith’s 89th minute equaliser, but James Bailey broke their hearts with a winner four minutes into stoppage-time.

Dickov was still delighted with his side’s work ethic, but felt they will only get what they deserve when they start to take their chances.

“It was sickening and a tough one to take as I thought we definitely deserved at least one point. After we equalised, there was only one team wanting to win it,” said Dickov.

“In the match we had three one on ones with their goalkeeper and, after we scored, Chris Sutherland had a great chance six yards out. We have to start taking them.

“Coventry broke and scored in the 95th minute which is the way things are going for us at the moment.

Although Latics lost, Dickov was pleased with the effort shown by his side, and insists they must now look to bounce back in their midweek clash against Notts County.

The former Manchester City striker believes his side, now 19th in League One, must make their own luck as they continue to flirt with a relegation battle.

“What we have to do is roll up our sleeves, get stuck in and get on with it. There is nothing wrong with the character in the side,” said Dickov.

“It’s just little things which are not going our way at the moment like Matt Smith being rugby tackled when we ought to have been awarded a penalty.

“I told to the players I feel for them, but don’t feel sorry for them as we cannot afford to feel sorry for ourselves. Life is all about challenges and so is football.

“And if the players show me the effort, character and commitment they did today, we will be fine.”

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