Dickov: We merited three points

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Matt Smith, right, salvages a point for Oldham, which manager Paul Dickov felt they deserved
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Matt Smith, right, salvages a point for Oldham, which manager Paul Dickov felt they deserved

Oldham manager Paul Dickov thought his side deserved to win at Sheffield United despite only rescuing a 1-1 draw seven minutes into injury time through substitute Matt Smith's equaliser.

Striker Smith side-footed in Jose Baxter's cross at the death after Nick Blackman had put the Blades ahead from the penalty spot following Jean Yves-Mvoto's adjudged foul on Dave Kitson.

Dickov was unhappy with the award of the spot-kick and also felt Jonathan Ground's first-half effort, which was disallowed for offside, should have stood. He said: "The equaliser was nothing less than we deserved and actually, straight after the game, my first thoughts are that we deserved to win the game."

He explained: "I thought we had more attempts than them, I thought we looked a threat every time we went forward and defensively I can't remember us having anything to do. But it's one thing deserving it and going actually and getting it.

"First half especially, I thought we moved the ball really well. We should've had a goal (Ground's disallowed effort), I thought it at the time.

"I've been told by people who have seen it on the live feed that it's a goal as well. Yet again we're coming out talking about a goal that has been chalked off from offside and personally now it's getting to the confidence and it's not good enough."

Referring to the award of United's 52nd-minute penalty, Dickov added: "It's happened a hundred times in the game and nothing's been given. You want referee's to be strong when you come to places like this and I don't think we got that."

Blades boss Danny Wilson felt the amount of injury time was excessive but said he would respect referee Scott Mathieson's decision. The result extended United's unbeaten start to the npower League One season to 12 games.

Wilson said: "It's not like a defeat but I think it's very, very disappointing to concede at the time we did. I mean - 97 minutes - you'd think the game would've been over before that, but it wasn't and that's down to ourselves. We have to play to the whistle and we didn't do that.

"There's one ball been hogged into the box, it's coming down with snow on it and we've been flat-footed and we haven't dealt with it and that's why we've come away with 1-1."

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