Paul Dickov Talks About The Game

Last updated : 30 January 2011 By Thetashkentterror
Latics boss Paul Dickov
Oldham manager Paul Dickov spoke to BBC Radio Manchester after his side's 2-2 draw against Carlisle at Brunton Park, Dickov saying his side should have been further ahead at half-time than 2-0 :

" I thought we were excellent, I thought the first-half especially we played some great stuff, scored two really good goals and possibly it could have been more. I thought we started the second-half really well, they have got their goal and when you come to places like this you are going to have 90 minutes where you are not under pressure for a little bit.

" They did put us under pressure, they scored their goal which we are disappointed about from our point of view. Then they have chucked everything at us and I still think we coped very well and then a decision that is out of our hands has cost us two points.

" The referee said he made an honest decision, he said he couldn't see it so he has taken the word of his assistant. But, we are standing here at the minute 40 yards away from where it happened and we could see it was outside the box then. I just asked the assistant if he could not have thought about it a little bit more because his flag went up very, very quickly.

" Whether it was a foul or not I don't know, Blackie (Paul Black) has gone to clear the ball, the bloke (Francois Zoko) has come on the blind side and Paul can't even see him and as he is swinging back he has caught the boy's leg. So, there is contact there but is it a foul or not a foul? I don't know, but what we do know is that it was outside the box.

" I am not happy with a point overall because yet again we are ahead and we get pegged back. But, I thought we played ever so well for long periods in the game today. I thought from Ben Amos all the way through we were comfortable, I thought we had a good shape about us and yes they had a bit of pressure in the second-half but up until they have scored their goal Ben has not had any saves to make of note at all.

" We brought Andy Todd on because we just thought that with his experience he could sit in midfield and bolster it up a little bit. We wanted to get Reuben (Reid) some time on the pitch but Oumare (Tounkara) was a handful today and Filipe Morais they couldn't handle at times. Maybe we would have liked to have got Reuben on earlier but the other two were doing ever so well.

" But, Omar tired, Aidy White tired, it is Aidy White's first game since the Rochdale game (January 3rd), he has not trained a lot since then, so we just wanted to get some fresh legs on. I am delighted with the squad though, I have got to thank the chairman (Simon Corney) and the board as well. Things are tight but they have been fantastic with me, we feel as if we have got a squad now that can really kick us on. "