Date:Sunday February 3 2008
Latics manager John Sheridan has expressed his disappointment over Oldham's first away league loss since the 3rd November; and has declared his side deserved more out of their 2-1 loss to Swansea City yesterday afternoon.
The visitors started the brighter and quickly silenced the home fans expectant of the customary up tempo start by Roberto Martinez squad.Tentatively searching for an opening both sides only managed to cancel each other out with no real clear cut chances were carved out.
After the break there was no real change on the complexion of the game until an inspired substitution by Martinez gave Swansea the much needed physical presence. Guillem Bauza replaced Joe Allen who did not get a firm grip of Oldham in the heart of the Swans midfield.
It took a Jason Scotland ball across the face of Mark Crossley's area to finally unlock the Latics defence. Scotland's ball beat the experienced Welsh international at the near post but defender Gary McDonald from 1 yard out slid the ball into the unguarded Oldham goal. Growing in confidence after taking the lead Swansea failed to capitalise on their advantage and paid for it on 75 minutes. Surging forward Craig Davis managed to evade a swathe of defenders before him and was adjudged to have been brought down by Ferrie Bodde. Referee Paul Taylor had no hesitation to award Sheridan's side a penalty.
Davis converted the spot kick to give the 151 travelling fans belief of another away win for the Boundry Park outfit. They were to be left bitterly disappointed with just 5 minutes left when on loan Fabien Brandy dealt the hammer blow as Andy Robinson managed to keep the ball in play despise being sprawled on the Liberty Stadium pitch on the far touchline. Robinson's efforts were rewarded as his pass found Guillem Bauza who directed the ball into the path of Brandy and with a thunderous strike hammered it past a stranded Crossley. The Celebrations by the Manchester United youngster could not have been more stylish than the goal itself.
Swansea hung on for another vital win despite some late pressure from Oldham. The loss has left Oldham manager John Sheridan perplexed that his side did not get anything from the game despite his side's first half pressure on the league leaders.
Quick to praise his squad despite the loss and conceded that Swansea had bags of confidence that saw them through the tough fixture.
Sheridan Spoke On Oldham's Site
|'When we got it back to 1-1 I thought we'd get something from the game, and we would have deserved to do so.I was comfortable with how we were doing in the first half, but Swansea are a decent team who pass the ball well."|
They created one or two opportunities in the second half and we rode our luck at times, but we've given away two very poor goals.For the first we had the ball on the edge of their box -- I think two bad decisions cost us the game."
Mark Allott should have put the ball into their box before they broke for the first goal, and Stefan Stam should have put the ball into the stand for their second.That was a shame, because otherwise we worked hard and defended when we had to.''We didn't create too much today, but Swansea is a hard place to come and play a team who are playing with bags of confidence at the moment.
Teams at the top seem to get that little bit of luck, and so it proved with the wicked deflection for the second goal.
We worked hard although one or two of the lads looked leggy towards the end, and it's a shame we didn't get a point as a draw would have been a good result.
This is obviously a setback, but now we must concentrate on the games ahead because they're coming up thick and fast.'
Date:Sunday February 3 2008
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