Robinson can’t believe his luck at late howler
OLDHAM boss Stephen Robinson admitted he was “heartbroken” as an injury time Josh Law own goal saw League One’s bottom club suffer defeat at Fleetwood.
The visitors looked set for a vital point after a good performance against Uwe Rosler’s below-par side.
But an own goal from Law gave the Cod Army the points.
Robinson said: “I thought the lads were brilliant. They ran themselves into the ground for me and I thought we were the better team for long periods to be honest and to lose the way we did was heartbreaking for everyone.
“We played some good stuff but once again we didn’t turn possession into goals and that has been a problem for us all season. If you don’t score goals you don’t win games it’s as simple as that. But I can’t be too critical of my players because I think everyone can see they are giving everything.
“We are playing with a lack of confidence up front but the only way you can change that is to start scoring goals and there is no simple solution.’’
Fleetwood boss Rosler admitted his side were not at their best but was delighted with the result.
He said: “We struggled a bit to be honest, but we showed a great mentality to get something from the game.
“It was not an exhibition of football by any means but the conditions made it difficult. We had to make sure we kept solid at the back and we did that and I thought our back three were excellent.
“At the other end our substitutes came on and made a difference, which is all you can ask for. All our forwards worked hard and showed high energy but Chris Long had a couple of efforts and Devante Cole played a huge part in the goal, so that was good and we are delighted with the points.’’
The winning goal came in the 90th minute when Law did his best to cut out a low cross from Cole but could only manage to turn the ball past his own goalkeeper Connor Ripley to give the home side three points. It was harsh on Oldham who had proved more than a match for Fleetwood who rarely troubled the visitors’ defence with Ripley only forced into one clear save from a David Ball effort.
At the other end Oldham also struggled to find a way through the Fleetwood defence with Darius Osei coming close but denied by a superb covering tackle from star man Cian Bolger.
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