Latics dominate but share spoils

Last updated : 14 January 2007 By The Chairman
The Latics came away from Scunthorpe with a 1-1 result in the top two match that they dominated. The Latics outshot the home side by 19-3 and also had a goal disallowed. Sean Gregan was unfortunate to score an own goal to give the Irons the lead but it was Gary McDonald who shook the home fans with an fourth minute injury time equaliser, one that was richly deserved. The referee Darren Deadman dished out nine yellow cards and two reds in nasty encounter between the top teams which were vying for top spot. Cliff Byrne and Cleveland Taylor were both dismissed for fouls on Chris Taylor (pictured).

John Sheridan told the official website, "I don't want to talk about the red cards. Some of the referee's other decisions were a joke, but I can't say much more. Chris is going to have to get used to it. People are going to get stuck in and try to hurt him because they don't want him to dictate what he's going to do. I wasn't in a position to say whether Paul Warne's disallowed goal was on or offside. The linesman said he was offside, so we've just got to get on with it."

2,100 travelling fans made the journey to Glanford Park and they came away elated after the last gasp equaliser. Sheridan went on, "Obviously there's a bit of excitement in there. We scored right at the end where our fans were, and very late in the game. There's nothing wrong with a bit of celebrating, but unfortunately it was too late in the game for us to get another. The fans were different class yet again. They got right behind the team throughout, and were singing for most of the game. I'm glad we gave them something to shout about and hopefully they'll get behind us again in the upcoming games against Wolves and Bristol."