Oldham Athletic 3 Bournemouth 3

Last updated : 26 January 2002 By The Chairman
Athletic’s defence was yet again responsible for the loss of two valuable points against Bournemouth in the race for a play off spot . Balmer (pictured) opened the scoring in the 18th. minute when he headed in a John Sheridan cross but the first half was a quiet affair.

The second half was quite different with an explosive five goals being scored in
the space of 13 minutes. Howe got the first when he equalised then Balmer hauled back Feeney who got up to scored the penalty to put the Cherries ahead. Broadhurst then made a hash of a back-pass which resulted in him
slotting an own goal from just inside the box.

Oldham then took the lead after 63 minutes when Eyres beat four defenders to find the top of the net, before Hughes finished the scoring on the day with an equaliser from 12 yards.

Wadsworth said, “It's bitterly disappointing to get three at home and not win. We got two at Port Vale on Tuesday and the same thing happened there. Our defensive play was good over Christmas but we have been poor in the centre just recently. Bournemouth's first goal was very lucky because it was going wide until the deflection, but we should have dealt with the second before it was a penalty and we let ourselves down again for the third."

"There are lots of positives because the quality of our play was good at times and we made lots of chances. But we have to find a ruthless streak if we are to get up into the play-off places.”