Bristol Rovers would always cause problems but performance solid says Oldham boss John Sheridan

The opposition boss was happy with what he saw from Oldham against Bristol Rovers

John Sheridan was happy that his team stuck to the game plan against Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
John Sheridan was happy that his team stuck to the game plan against Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
John Sheridan was happy that his team stuck to the game plan against Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Oldham Athletic brought Bristol Rovers five game unbeaten streak to an end as they claimed a 2-1 win at Boundary Park to halt Rovers’ play-off bid.

A clinical brace from Davis Keillor-Dunn took the Latics to just two points away from escaping the relegation zone.

Their first goal came as a shock to many after scoring 41 seconds into the game with great composure shown by Keillor-Dunn to rifle the ball into the roof of the net leaving Anssi Jaakkola no chance.

A close range finish belted home by Keillor-Dunn saw him pick up his second goal of the match but there was a response from substitute Sam Nicholson.

They though were unable to take home any points in what was a difficult night for Rovers who encountered some difficulties.

"If you show a willingness and a desire to try to win games you will win games in this league," said Sheridan to the Oldham Times.

"Davis got the goals but I thought big Dylan (Bahamboula) was good tonight, he was winning things and putting himself about using his presence, and young Junior Luamba is a threat.

"Everyone has put a shift in and it’s a great team effort. You won’t games with one or two players, you’ll win them with eight or nine performing on the day."

"It was a team effort on Saturday and again tonight, and against Rochdale in difficult conditions,” he added.

“I knew Bristol would create chances and cause us problems, but overall I thought our performance was really solid.”

A controversial decision was made when Oldham midfielder Callum Wheelan was denied a long range strike from the ball smashing off the crossbar.

It looked to have crossed the line when the ball bounced but the referee continued play despite most in the ground feeling it had gone in.

“We should have had the goal there, but I haven’t seen it back yet.”

Given the attacking threat of Rovers who had a habit for finding goals late on as well as gaining results when they’ve not been at their best, the Oldham boss was pleased with how his side performed.

“I said to the players beforehand that we needed to know how to win the game, and how to go about sticking to our game-plan. We spoke more at half-time, and then in the second half we created lots of opportunities to finish the game off."