Scunthorpe United v Oldham Athletic

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Carling Cup

Scunthorpe United2(0)Oldham Athletic1(1)

Forte 65, Woolford 83

Bembo-Leta 23

Scunthorpe United :
Slocombe, McNulty, Jones, Byrne, Raynes, Woolford, O'Connor (Collins 82), Thompson, J.Wright (Togwell 39), Dagnall (Grant 88), Forte.
Subs not used:
Turner, Canavan, McClenahan, A.Wright.

Oldham Athletic :
Brill, Mvoto Owono, Black, Jones, Kelly (Taylor 67), Jarrett, Furman, Lee, Stephens, Bembo-Leta, Alessandra (Crompton 85).
Subs not used:
Ollerenshaw, Gregan, McGrath, Holdsworth, Millar.


by Oldham Chronicle at Glanford Park

PROUD Paul Dickov felt his Athletic side were unfortunate to exit the Carling Cup at the hands of Scunthorpe.

Djeny Bembo-Leta gave Athletic a great start at Glanford Park with a 23rd-minute header, but second-half goals from Jonathan Forte and Martyn Woolford saw the Championship side progress to round.

After a 2-1 defeat of Tranmere, this was another positive performance as far as Dickov was concerned.

"I am very disappointed, but I am proud of the lads," said the Athletic manager, who saw winger Chris Taylor return off the substitutes' bench to good effect in the latter stages.

"I thought they were excellent. I have said from day one that if I can get a team out there that will give their all from start to finish, I will be happy with them.

"We are all disappointed as we felt we could have and maybe should have won. Scunthorpe are a good team - they showed that by going to Reading and winning. And their manager (Nigel Adkins) admitted to me that they were hanging on (for victory). As much as we are disappointed, we pick ourselves up and we go again in training on Thursday."

Fielding a young side, Dickov gave a debut to second-year scholar Andrew Crompton off the bench.

"We had Crommy at 17 years old, Djeny 18 and then you look across the midfield at Dale Stephens, Dean Furman and Lewis Alessandra," he said. "They are all young kids, but they are enthusiastic and their work ethic is great.

"I just want them to realise how good they can be, as I don't think they quite believe it themselves yet.

"It is hard to do it for 90 minutes every game, but when we were on the front foot we looked a very good team.

"There were a few skirmishes at the end. Being picky, we were disappointed with the goals we conceded and to get beaten. But we did more than enough to win the game and bossed it for long periods against a very good team."

Dickov also felt his side did not get the rub of the green at times from referee Steve Rushton.

"We should have had a penalty in the first half," he said. "Their centre half was bent so far over Dean Kelly his knuckles were on the floor, yet a foul was given against Dean.

"It happens, but with no disrespect to Nigel Adkins or Scunthorpe we still thought we should have won the game."