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Oldham Paper Review

17 March 2014

How the press saw the late Latics draw

The Sentinel

STEVE Davis admitted Crewe got out of jail as his son Harry grabbed a stoppage-time relegation lifeline.
An abject display from the Railwaymen had left Lee Johnson's far from impressive outfit cruising to a vital victory until the fourth official's board showing seven added minutes inspired a last stand.
Chuks Aneke, a passenger for most of the afternoon, curled an exquisite free-kick which Paul Rachubka did well to claw over his bar. But the Oldham keeper was beaten straight from the resulting corner when Davis planted his head onto George Evans' corner deep into stoppage time.
It was a barely deserved leveller and one which visiting boss Johnson felt was a direct result of the "ridiculous" amount of time added on by referee David Phillips.
Crewe barely mustered a shot on goal until their late rally and while Oldham did at least make young Ben Garratt work for his corn they look poor enough to remain in the relegation dogfight.
"We were second best for most of the game and Oldham deserved to beat us," admitted boss Davis.

Crewe Chronicle

Boss Steve Davis questioned his players' attitude after they struggled to a last-gasp draw against Oldham Athletic.
Son Harry rescued a point with a header deep into injury time, but for Davis it didn't mask one of the poorest displays the Railwaymen have produced in months.
After the game, he said: "I can't repeat what I've said in there but I'm disappointed. We knew it would be tight and when teams play 4-5-1, as Oldham did, we find it hard to break them down. We don't have enough players with the quality needed.
"I thought we were going to keep a clean sheet and I was disappointed with their goal, which came from a break away from our play. They created more chances than we did today. We didn't create enough and didn't look good enough. We were second best for most of it and they deserved to beat us.

Manchester Evening News

Oldham's bid for a vital three points at Crewe came off the tracks thanks to an injury-time leveller.
The visitors had looked set for victory in this relegation clash thanks to Gary Harkins excellent second-half strike but Harry Davis headed home a corner for the home side in the third of seven minutes of injury time to break Latics hearts.

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