Robin­son can’t be­lieve his luck at late howler

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Derek Quinn

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.

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

UNLAW-FUL: Josh Law puts into his own net


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