The Opposition View
Following ten-man Wycombe Wanderers' gutsy 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic yesterday afternoon, here are some views on the game from the Latics' manager Dave Penney and a few of their fans.
"It's disappointing that we've conceded so late on," Penney told his club's official website.
Despite his disappointment, Penney was keen to point out the positives, saying: "It's another point against a team around us and it was important not to get beat today."
On the match itself, the Oldham boss said: "It really is a tale of two penalties. We could have gone into the top half with a win, but it's another point and we have to take positives from that."
"It's a penalty at both ends though. They're saying Heff was offside, but it's a penalty and Danny's (Whitaker) not complained about it at our end so that's probably one too," said Penney'
"It's disappointing to be in a winning position and to have played so well. Heff's had a great chance to make it three, as has Ryan Brooke, but we've played good football on a tricky pitch. I'm not sure it's 100% playable to be be honest."
On Akinde's sending off, the Latics' manager said: "I'm not sure, has he thrown a punch? I was looking the other way but they didn't seem to complain so I guess it's the right call."
Some Oldham fans gave Wycombe credit and some didn't, but most just felt they should have killed us off and were disappointed with their manager's second-half tactics.
The following extracts are taken from OWTB Forums and OAFC Message Board.
'For the last 20 minutes of the second half Wycombe were all over us. Let's be honest they were not a good team and yet we made them look world-beaters. They should have equalised before they did and everyone knew the goal was coming. All in all, I am desperately disappointed. Wycombe are a poor team and I think they will go down so let's not get too excited about a point won, but let's ask why we couldn't beat ten men and kill the game.'
'We were absolutely battering them and really going for the third goal which would have finished them off - then for some strange reason we seemed to change our tactics.'
'We had 3 or 4 great chances to bury the game. Heffs was unlucky hitting both posts but there was no need for Penney to sit back and defend in the situation we were in.'
'I think Penney cost us the game today bringing off Colbeck. On a good day we'd have scored six, that's how far in front we should have been before they equalised.'
'Penney's negative mindset most definitely cost us 2 points today. We were battering them and although we blew 5 or 6 great chances we never looked in trouble. Then we sat back and allowed them to control the remainder off the match. To go 4-5-1 against a terrible Wycombe team down to ten men was an absolute joke in my opinion. There is no doubt in my mind the blame lies with the manager for this.'
Blue Pizza wrote:
'Another away day absolutely ruined by those flip wits or the manager - I still cant decide who's to blame. Ten men for over an hour against a side in the bottom 4 and we still can't beat them. Shambolic.'
'We played well for 70 minutes. In fact I cant remember a Latics side that missed so many chances in one game. We should have been out of sight. We dominated at 11 a side, and with 11 v 10 I thought we did well. We opened the play up. Kept it moving and made the pitch big. Then we sat back and got suckered.'
'For the first time this season I walked out disappointed that we didn't win. We had our chances but we didn't finish them. Wycombe were poor and being down to 10 men, it should of helped us on to victory. Can I also say that the Wycombe fans and stewards made the long cold trip worth it with the welcome they gave us.'
'What a wonderful club. Fans and stewards both exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Plus it's a nice little ground, and in the foot of the snowy valley, it was a lovely place to watch football.'
Harry Dowd's Green Shirt wrote:
'Credit to Wycombe, you can see how much they have improved since the drubbing at Huddersfield. Despite playing an hour with 10 men, they remained committed and very well organised and you could see why they had won 3 out of the previous 5 matches.'
There were a couple of comments on Akinde's sending off.
'He elbowed Gregan in the face after Gregan had barged him, Good old Greegs!'
Harry Dowd's Green Shirt wrote:
'The sending off whilst not a punch was harsh, but in today's climate the lad had to go.'
Next Game: Yeovil v Wycombe - Boxing Day - 3.00pm