Manager Paul Dickov believes the challenge of playing for more than three-quarters of the match with ten men spurred Oldham Athletic to a point at Crawley Town.
Jean-Yves M’voto was sent off after just 20 minutes for violent conduct, but Dickov believes his players’ work rate was faultless as high-flying Crawley – who also finished with ten men – were held to a draw.
The Scot even admitted to feeling a tinge of disappointment his side could not take all three points from the match.
“Rightly or wrongly I am disappointed we didn’t take three points and it took a deflected equaliser for Crawley to get back into the game,” he told the club’s website.
“You have to give the players a lot of credit as for the majority of the match they were down to 10 men. They absolutely worked their socks off.
“It wasn’t pretty at times but when you go away sometimes it is going to be that way. It was an all-round very good team performance and our application was top class.”
He added: “If anything the red card gave us an impetus to prove a point.
“When we work our socks off as we did here, against Preston and against other teams, we are a good team not many teams can live with us.”
Having seen their four-match unbeaten run ended with a defeat at Carlisle United in midweek, Dickov reverted to the side who beat Leyton Orient last weekend, with captain Dean Furman dropping to the bench
M’voto saw red for retaliating against Kyle McFadzean when he was impeded, but Hope Akpan was sent off on the hour for a dangerous tackle on the hour to even the numbers up.
Jose Baxter gave Oldham the lead five minutes later, but McFadzean’s deflected goal with little over ten minutes remaining meant both teams had to settle for a point.
After a disappointing start to the season, the result means Oldham finish the month with just one defeat in six matches.