Latics boss dev­as­tated by KO

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

OLD­HAM head coach Dino Maam­ria says he was dev­as­tated to see his side exit the FA Cup af­ter their 1-0 de­feat to Bur­ton Al­bion.

Liam Boyce’s goal mid­way through the first half was enough to see the League One side through to the third round on a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon at Bound­ary Park.

“I’m dev­as­tated we lost the tie. I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the first-half per­for­mance, we were much bet­ter se­cond half, but we didn’t take our chances,” said the Latics boss.

“I thought if we’d have scored that equaliser then that would have given us the mo­men­tum to go and win the game. As much as we dom­i­nated in the se­cond half, we didn’t have the com­bi­na­tion to score the equaliser.”

The vis­i­tors started the game well and al­most went in front on 15 min­utes when Colin Daniel and David Tem­ple­ton com­bined down the left, but no one could reg­is­ter a shot at goal from the lat­ter’s cut-back into the area.

The two would then com­bine again mo­ments later for the Brew­ers’ opener, as Daniel squared the ball across goal and Boyce was on hand to tap it past goal­keeper Zeus De La Paz.

Old­ham im­proved af­ter the break as they pushed for an equaliser, go­ing close just af­ter the hour when sub­sti­tute Mo­hamed

Maouche was played through but he could only fire straight at Kieran O’Hara.

The Bur­ton keeper should have then seen red on 81 min­utes when he han­dled the ball out­side of the area, but ref­eree Andy Davies only pro­duced yel­low and the vis­i­tors hung on to send them­selves through to third round.

“I’m baf­fled by it. I looked back at it on video, it’s a ball in be­hind with the goal­keeper in no man’s land. He catches the ball out­side of the box and there’s one de­ci­sion to be made,” Maam­ria added.

“That doesn’t mean we would go on and win the game, but it was the wrong de­ci­sion.

“This was a big com­pe­ti­tion for us and I’m ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated.”

Al­trin­cham man­ager Phil Parkin­son

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