Date: 8th February 2009 at 10:54am
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Oldham managed to salvage a vital point yesterday against Leicester. After a moment of madness from Latics keeper Greg Fleming in front of the Sky cameras, being red carded for bringing down Foxes striker Matty Fryatt just after the restart, left striker the unlikely Dean Windass to put the keeper shirt on and had to be put straight into action, having to be ready for the penalty from Fryatt. Having already netted 20 goals in league he was odds on to add to this tally but luckily for Windass, he put his spot kick wide.

He proved he could keep out the unforgiving Leicester attack, making some heroic saves,one of which came from a Fryatt free kick and another from a one on one with Steven Howard, who’s effort he managed to put out for a corner. Windass and the nine men in front put in a fantastic effort to earn an unlikely point away from home for Oldham. Under the circumstances the Latics defence did an incredible job to soak up the pressure from Foxes front men Fryatt and Howard.

While having nine men behind the ball Oldham still managed to create some chances of their own, with a penalty shout from winger Chris Taylor, a good effort from Hughes 18 minutes from the end, but shortly after Leicester foun the back of the net, only to find it had been ruled out for offside, defender Hazell found his effort from a Maher Free kick kept out by Leicester keeper Martin 4 minutes from time, and substitute Lewis Alessandra looked sure to steal the three points late on, but was denied by some excellent defending.

Oldham gaff John Sheridan was very pleased with the lads efforts he quotes ‘I am happy with the point and I thought we were always in the game throughout, the players character and attitude were different class and they deserve the plaudits’. He goes on to say ‘the lads put their bodies on the line where that was required and we defended very well’.

After a thriller of a second half, with thrills and spills, Oldham got a well deserved point from the game, from this performance they should find some confidence, and know they can really do the job when they’re under pressure.