Huff and puff not enough for Lat­ics

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Josh Phillips

OLD­HAM man­ager John Sheri­dan was pleased with his side’s dis­play against Bury de­spite the re­sult mak­ing it 13 games with­out a home league win for the Lat­ics.

Bury took the lead through Leon Clarke in the tenth minute which proved to be enough to end the Shak­ers’ run of four straight league de­feats.

How­ever Sheri­dan felt his side were hard done by and in­sists Old­ham can fight their way to sur­vival de­spite be­ing eight points from safety.

“We were the bet­ter team but I’m sure that’s been said be­fore,” he said.

“I can’t fault the way we went about the game. It’s a di­a­bol­i­cal goal to con­cede but other than that I was re­ally happy.

“We bat­tled well against a de­cent team on a dif­fi­cult pitch, we huffed and puffed and tried to get some­thing out of the game.

“I’ve told the play­ers we’ve got to keep our heads up be­cause that per­for­mance will win you games.

“I’ve got to keep us to­gether and try and fight our way out of this.”

Clarke’s opener came from a long ball down field that wasn’t dealt with by James Wil­son, al­low­ing the for­mer Coven­try man to slot home his 13th league goal of the cam­paign.

Old­ham skip­per Liam Kelly squan­dered his side’s first op­por­tu­nity to re­ply in the 24th minute, head­ing wide from close range when he re­ally should have done bet­ter.

The sides con­tin­ued to ex­change chances with An­drew Tutte vol­ley­ing wide for the vis­i­tors in the 33rd minute fol­lowed by Matthew Palmer’s long-range ef­fort forc­ing Bury keeper Ian Lawlor into ac­tion four min­utes be­fore the break.

The tempo in­creased af­ter the in­ter­val with two more saves from Lawlor deny­ing Mike Jones and Carl Winch­ester.

Old­ham con­tin­ued to probe the Bury de­fence and the 64th minute saw Palmer have a shot blocked from close range, then four min­utes later Ti­mothee Dieng volleyed wide.

Tutte hit the bar for Bury in the 67th minute with what proved to be the fi­nal op­por­tu­nity of the game as the Shak­ers ground out the win, leav­ing man­ager David Fl­itcroft de­lighted.

“I am ex­tremely proud of our fan­tas­tic bat­tling per­for­mance,” he said. “It was full of grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­sire for each player who wants to win for each other.

“It has been dif­fi­cult on the road in the last month to six weeks. Ob­vi­ously we won the other night and that gave us a mas­sive boost and a lift.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game but our fans de­fused that be­ing be­hind the goal.

“The noise we came out to was great, it was a good lo­cal derby.”

STAR MAN LEON CLARK

E Bury

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