Woot­ton late show thwarts the Lat­ics

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

WHILE in­sist­ing he was happy with a point, John Sheri­dan could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment at see­ing draw spe­cial­ists Old­ham Ath­letic con­cede a late goal at Scun­thorpe.

De­spite be­ing on the back foot for most the of the match, the im­prov­ing Lat­ics, now un­beaten in six, were within two min­utes of vic­tory when Iron sub­sti­tute Kyle Woot­ton drilled the hosts level, to can­cel out Daniel Laf­ferty’s 78th-minute strike.

It was their 15th stale­mate in 32 games this sea­son – com­fort­ably the high­est in League One.

“I wouldn’t say we de­served to win the game, but we were in a great po­si­tion to win it,” said Sheri­dan, whose side would have moved out of the bot­tom four with all three points.

“I didn’t think we were ef­fec­tive enough go­ing for­ward, but Scun­thorpe didn’t cause us many prob­lems, I think they only had one chance.

“I think a draw was prob­a­bly a fair re­sult, so we can’t be too down.We were so close to get­ting three great points, which is a cry­ing shame. It feels like we lost the game, but we’ll take a point.

“I didn’t think we were as much of a threat as we have been. But we’ve got a big month com­ing up and we’ve got to take our away per­for­mances into our home games.”

The open­ing 45 min­utes was a bat­tle of at­tri­tion, with Paddy Madden head­ing the best open­ing for ei­ther side into the ground and onto the bar. The se­cond half was equally as hard­fought, though Scun­thorpe shaded pos­ses­sion, with­out be­ing able to pen­e­trate a res­o­lute Old­ham de­fence.

When the game opened up in the fi­nal quar­ter of an hour, the Lat­ics drew first blood when Laf­ferty was well­po­si­tioned to sweep a shot into the far cor­ner fol­low­ing Carl Winch­ester’s ball in from the left.

It looked like be­ing the win­ner, given the home side’s lack of spark in the fi­nal third, un­til Woot­ton, only in­tro­duced four min­utes ear­lier, pro­duced a com­posed fin­ish from a tight an­gle to res­cue a point for United in their first game un­der new boss Nick Daws.

“I’m de­lighted to get a point in the end, but dis­ap­pointed we didn’t take our ear­lier chances to get our­selves in a win­ning po­si­tion,” he said.

“That’s the way it goes some­times. Sides don’t roll over and let you take three points – es­pe­cially sides that are un­beaten in five games and look­ing to fight and scrap their way out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“Fair play to Old­ham, but we need to be bet­ter in front of goal and we will be. But it was pleas­ing to get an equaliser. Kyle needs to work for his op­por­tu­nity, but I’ve told him to keep do­ing what he’s been do­ing be­cause I knew he could make an im­pact.”


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