Huff and puff not enough for Latics
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