Latics fight back with character

Last updated : 17 March 2007 By The Chairman
The Latics fell into a 2-0 deficit at Brisbane Road and looked down and out but they hit back within three minutes to give themselves a lifeline. Chris Taylor (pictured) took his recent scoring prowess to four goals in three consecutive games after a brilliant cross from Neal Eardley landed perfectly on his head, and he had the simple task of nodding home another crucial goal. The fightback was on! Leon Clarke had hit the post then he went precariously close with a cheeky back heel attempt. The equaliser came after Richie Wellens was chopped down by Brian Saah and Andy Liddell stepped up to score his seventh penalty of the season. Clark scored again in injury time but it was ruled offside. Another opportunity fell to Wellens, then Will Haining had an effort stopped on the line by the home keeper right at the death.

John Sheridan was unhappy with the first half performance and he looked at the result as two points lost rather than one point gained. He confessed, "I'm very disappointed. We should have taken three points from this game. We played very well in the second half and dominated the play, but they shouldn't need 45 minutes to wake up and I told them so at half time. I shouldn't need to tell players who are chasing a play-off spot to wake up at half time."

"The sending-off was probably the turning point. That gave us the belief and we really went for it, and we probably would have gone on to win the game if we had made it 1-1. The lads dominated the second half and everyone played well, and maybe we should have done better with the chances we created. We found ourselves two down, and it's always difficult to come back from that position. In that respect I'm pleased we got something, but we should never have got ourselves down two goals. To come back for a point is pleasing, but it definitely should have been all three."