Alexandra rage at penalty call
FURIOUS Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander laid into officials he says have it in for the club after Jonathan Forte’s penalty pinched all three points for Oldham.
Lee Johnson described his Latics’ display as one of the best during his time at the helm – but Alexander slammed officials he accused of costing Fleetwood the game as he leapt to the defence of his ‘dirty’ side.
Referee Mark Brown pointed to the spot after Danny Philliskirk went to ground under challenge from Steven Schumacher.
Alexander raged about the decision after Forte stepped up to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Cod Army in the inaugural competitive fixture between the teams.
“Officials are in for us,” Alexander said. “Without a doubt.
“We aren’t a dirty team by any stretch of the imagination but they won free-kick after free-kick.
“The penalty was the difference between the two teams but he didn’t touch him at all.
“It wasn’t a penalty but that is what has cost us. Oldham are a good side but they have been given a massive helping hand.
“Our players became nervous about going near theirs. If you don’t kill teams off when you get chances then you are liable to get a smack in the nose like what happened here.
“There’s always things we can improve but we were cost the game by a bad decision. “We were put on the back foot by outside interference. It’s really disappointing.”
Forte went a whisker wide of giving the Latics an 11thminute lead when he controlled Mike Jones’ cross before sliding a shot past the post.
Oldham’s Danny Philliskirk pounced on Stephen Jordan’s loose pass only to fire wide with other options available as he surged forward.
Fleetwood striker Jamie Proctor saw his shot saved by the legs of Paul Rachubka on 38 minutes. And Poleon shaved the woodwork while Rachubka saved fromSchumacher before Athletic took the lead on the stroke of halftime.
Forte lashing home the penalty after Schumacher was ruled to have brought Poleon down. Mike Jones’ 54th minute free-kick saw Nathan Pond strike his own crossbar as he attempted to clear.
Poleon almost doubled Oldham’s advantage after being put through by Philliskirk only for Chris Maxwell to stand firm.
Latics substitute Amari Morgan-Smith almost killed the game off on 88 minutes before Pond nicked the ball from his feet as Oldham wound the remaining time down.
And Latics boss Johnson said:“It was one of the best performances I’ve seen from us since I’ve been at the club.
“I am delighted with the spirit. It was a great win in a really tough game.We had the chances to put it to bed but although we didn’t quite do it I am generally pleased.
“Certain members throughout the core of our team were excellent. I’ll take another clean sheet and we are restricting teams to a lot less chances.
“We have to kick on from this now and get this place pumping. Hopefully this will give us some momentum and get more of a buzz about the place.
“This is an opportunity for the players to galvanise the crowd again because that is what is needed.”
PAY THE PENALTY: Jonathan Forte scores with his spot-kick
(L) slides in TACKLE: Dominic Poleon