Manager upbeat after Southend game

Last updated : 10 January 2006 By The Chairman
An upbeat Ronnie Moore was a contented man after seeing his side gain a creditable point against table topping Southend on Saturday. He told the official website, "They are no better than us. In the first half we weren't particularly at the races but in the second we had the better chances. It was always going to be tight, they are big and strong and a threat from set plays. But we dealt with that quite well."

"Becks (Luke Beckett - pictured) probably had the best chance in the game and their keeper produced a wonder save from Lidds' (Andy Liddell) deflected shot and another right at the death from Warney (Paul Warne). We held our own against the top of the table, there wasn't much in it. They were hanging on for the last 10 minutes. There was nothing between the sides and I am pleasantly pleased the way we are progressing. I just wish we could up that tempo a little bit when we are at home. A draw was a reasonable result and I am not upset. If it had been a boxing match it would have been a very close decision on points."

Moore's counterpart, Southend manager Steve Tilson, was relieved to see his team maintain their eight match unbeaten run. Tilson said, "I would have settled for a point before the game. Oldham are on a great run at the moment and it was a good result for us. They are hard to beat and it is going to be interesting as the season goes on. There isn't a lot in our division with everyone being pretty much the same. Nobody is going to run away with it, but if Oldham keep their run going then anything can happen. They have as good a chance as anyone."