Latics boss devastated by KO
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