Half-time ‘rollicking’ fails to invigorate Oldham Athletic as Notts County condemn Latics to yet another defeat

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov was frustrated as his side slumped to their fourth defeat of 2013.

Two weeks ago Oldham travelled beat Nottingham Forest but were unable to repeat their victory in the Midlands, losing 1-0 to Notts County last night.

With Oldham now without a win in the league since December 8, Dickov was disappointed at his team’s first-half performance.

“In the first half we were sloppy, didn’t get anywhere near them and sat off them,” said the Scot.

“We have to learn as a group we cannot simply turn up on a matchday and expect things to happen and have one eye on the next game.”

After coming off the bench against Coventry, youngsters Daniel Taylor and Chris Sutherland were handed their first start in an Oldham shirt.

James Wesolowski returned after a three-match suspension while defender Jean Yves M’voto made his 100th career league appearance, at Meadow Lane.

Oldham made a triple substitution just after the hour mark and Dickov believes these changes and an improved second half performance were enough to get something form the game.

“After they had a rollicking at half time, they went out and had a go,” added Dickov.

“We did things properly in the second half and could have got something from the game. They [County] didn’t threaten us in the second half and that was because we had a really good go.”

This was little consolation for the 80 Latics fans who braved the freezing weather conditions with Oldham now four points above the relegation zone having played two extra games.

Latics sit in 19th place have won just one point out of 24 ahead of their televised FA Cup tie against Liverpool.

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