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League leaders fluff their lines as Latics hold firm
utes later when his header from Mark Duffy’s corner smacked against the Oldham bar.
It was powerful but not quite accurate enough, a bit like Oldham who at times dominated, but in terms of getting a goal they had come nowhere near as close.
Flanagan also headed wide in the second half and Stuart Beavon put a flying header well over.
Duffy brought a good save out of Coleman, but if they were turning the telly off in droves at home you could understand it because a goal looked as rare as a dry day this Easter.
Oldham are at home to Chesterfield tomorrow looking to build on this and continue the revival John Sheridan has launched since taking over as manager in January.
There is certainly new life in the Latics, something Sheridan, who has both played for and managed the club in the past, appreciates.
“We were playing against a team who are top of the league, scoring goals and beating teams,” he said.
“They’re flying so we knew the importance of getting something from this game.
“I’m pleased with the point. People expected us to get beaten here, but we showed we’re a half decent side.”
Oldham are now one point away from getting out of the bottom four and have two games in hand of Blackpool, who are just above them.
Sheridan has taken 20 points from his 13 games in charge and lifted Oldham from five points adrift of safety to touching distance.
“The players are giving me their all,” Sheridan added.
“This performance gives us some belief. We wanted three points but we won’t grumble with it being one against the top of the league.”
SAFE HANDS: Oldham keeper Joel Coleman snuffs out an attack
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