Following a solid mid-week point at Hillsborough, a return to Boundary Park saw no improvement from Paul Dickov’s men as a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient consigned Oldham to a second draw in a week.
However, the Scot may have been pleased by his side’s resolute reaction to a demoralising last-minute defeat to leaders Brighton. The South Coast club cancelled out Lewis Alessandra’s half-hour opener before finding a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Many teams may have buckled under the pressure, especially with a trip to the division’s largest stadium looming three days later. A goalless draw against an admittedly-struggling Sheffield Wednesday showed that the side are made of stronger stuff.
While undoubtedly a hard team to beat, a distinct lack of killer instinct seems to be costing them.
On-loan Sunderland striker Ousmare Tounkare has chipped in with the most from the forwards with a total of two goals so far. Top scorer has been midfielder Chris Taylor- who has struck on three occasions - and Dickov may bemoan his lack of firepower up front if the run of draws continues.
In fact, Taylor looked certain to have given the Latics a lead that they would not surrender against Orient before mercurial goal-poacher Scott McGleish nipped in for an equaliser with ten minutes remaining.
The veteran punished the home side for their profligacy as they failed to stretch their advantage and a first triumph in three matches was snatched from their hands.
The result also ensured that only Colchester have shared the spoils with sides on more occasions this season. The Essex club are the next visitors to Boundary Park. Anyone know the odds on a draw?
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