Aftermath of away win at the seaside

Last updated : 29 April 2007 By The Chairman
The Latics did what was expected and won 1-2 at Brighton to set up a nerve jangling final match of the season at home to Chesterfield. It could have been script written and it just proves the point that 'it's not easy being an Oldham fan'. Chris Porter and Andy Liddell cruised the Latics into a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time but a goal from Cox for the hosts set up a nail biting final few minutes for the Boundary Park travelling army. The visitors were not going to relinquish this time though, and they held on for a victory that sees them just having to do better than Swansea in the final match of the season next Saturday.

In post game comments to the Latics official website, manager John Sheridan said, "That was a massive game. Probably our last chance for the play-offs, and I'm very pleased to come away with the three points. I was very happy with our first-half display, where we looked comfortable and in control of the game. I wasn't as happy with the second half. For some reason we slowed the game down when we should have upped the tempo and looked for the third goal. I don't want to go on about that too much, and at the end of the day this is a great result. We knew what we had to do and we've done it. We looked comfortable at 4-4-2, and that's because we have the personnel to play that system whereas, in my eyes, we didn't last week. The team more or less picked itself today. Chris Porter (pictured) is important because he scores goals, and we've missed him. He gives us height up front, and he scored a great header today. Now hopefully he can stay fit and help us into the play-offs."

"I had a feeling Swansea would win, but the good thing is Blackpool can still go up automatically so they'll be trying to get a result there. All we need to do is concentrate on what we're doing and try to get the three points we want."

Brighton manager Dean Wilkins realises that his side have struggled this season, although the team are now safe from relegation, and he admitted, "It's painful. I know how much the supporters want to see us score goals here, and I know how much they want to see us win. We need to think about it a lot as individuals and as a club over the summer. We're going to work on it physically over the summer and we need to see our attitude and desire increased for the start of next season."