Securing three points was all that mattered for Paul Gerrard after Oldham Athletic beat bottom-of-the-league Portsmouth, who finished with ten men.
Latics claimed their third league win in a row due to Jose Baxter’s 12th goal of the season while Pompey’s Sam Sodje was sent-off for an off-the-ball incident.
Oldham faced ten-men for most of the second half and missed numerous chances but coach Gerrard was pleased they held on to secure victory at Boundary Park.
“The longer the game went on, the fear was that we might switch off and Portsmouth might nick one on the counter attack and it could easily have turned into a draw or 2-1 loss,” said the 40-year-old.
“We just hoped it was not one of those days when we went to rue the chances we missed.”
Despite missing James Wesolowski and Carl Winchester through injury Athletic completed a league double over Portsmouth for the first time in 22 years.
With Oldham currently in a relegation battle Gerrard felt that the win was vital if they are to stay in League One.
“We know we can play better but, at this stage of the season and in our predicament, we will take five more wins like that,” added Gerrard.
“I should imagine it was a horrible game for the supporters to watch, but I think the win shows how far we have come confidence wise when we don’t play at our best and come away with three points which we needed.”
The result moves Latics up one place to 19th in League One and extends Tony Philliskirk’s unbeaten run as caretaker manager ahead of their fifth round FA Cup replay at Everton on Tuesday.
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