Latics earn a point, but throw away two

Last updated : 07 October 2007 By Dave Moore
The Latics fought out a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road. A controversial penalty from Michael Townsend gave the home side the lead on the stroke of half time but Andy Liddell (pictured) netted with a half-volley in the first minute of the second half to secure a point for the visitors. The Latics had enough chances to win the game and were given another boost when Cheltenham captain Jerry Gill was dismissal with 22 minutes to go.

The manager told Latics World after the game, "I'm disappointed we haven't come away with the three points, to be fair. Cheltenham are difficult to play against, very direct, and to be honest I don't think I've ever seen a bigger team so I thought we coped quite well. The penalty was disappointing, but we've had enough chances in the second half to win the game. We should have won, no danger, so this is two points lost for me."

"That was a great start for us (in the second half) and Andy got us straight back into the game. Then I'm thinking 'kick on', and we created the chances to get a winner. Matty Wolfenden had a couple of decent opportunities, and so did Gary McDonald and Michael Ricketts. But do we want to be ruthless? It's very frustrating for me on the sidelines. I think we were the best team in the first half as well. Craig Davies has had two chances and they've only had the one opportunity where Neal Eardley cleared in front of goal. Then we played all the football in the second half and should have won the game."