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McDonald: Tough Night For Both Teams

16 February 2016

Manager On Oldham Stalemate

Neil McDonald says a point against a well organised Oldham side has to be respected, despite the manager being a 'little frustrated' not to take all three.

The visitors, who have lost just two games away from home this season, put in a formidable display and proved tough to break down.

"I'm a little bit frustrated that we haven't won the game, we've had two or three really good chances that we haven't taken, but we were up against a team rejuvenated under a new manager and they haven't conceded in the last few games," McDonald said.

"It was a tough, tough night for both teams. We have to respect the point against a very organised, hard working team."

The best opportunity of the game fell to Martin Paterson in the 89th minute, however his attempted lob of the onrushing goalkeeper dropped wide.

"You wouldn't want anybody else to have that chance to be fair, he's lobbed it over the keeper and just missed the target. He's absolutely gutted in the changing room because that would have been his first goal for the club."

On the injury front, Jim McAlister did manage a full 90 minute stint despite breaking his nose in the first-half.

"He's a tough, Scottish lad and it didn't really bother him. He kept to the same tempo all the way through, he had a decent game and was unfortunate not to score early on," the manager added.



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