Latics claim valuable point at title chasing Rovers
Monday 12th February 2018 @ 13:09 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

EFL League One

Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Oldham Athletic

 

Oldham Athletic reignited their survival chances with a 2-2 draw at promotion chasing Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Richie Wellens’ side took a surprise 2-0 lead by the 38th minute thanks to a Duckens Nazon double, but Blackburn levelled matters in the last half hour through Charlie Mulgrew and Adam Armstrong to claim a valuable point in their quest for the title.

The result leaves Oldham one point from safety ahead of Tuesday’s six pointer against MK Dons at Boundary Park.

Latics started the brighter side and went ahead in the 26th minute when Nazon, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, controlled a long ball and jigged his way past two defenders before slotting past David Reya in goal.

The striker found himself on the score sheet just 12 minutes later, finding the bottom corner with a well-struck effort.

Oldham continued to play great football but were ultimately undone by a piece of brilliance in the 63rd minute. After being awarded a free-kick 25 yards out, Mulgrew claimed his 12th of the season with stunning effort, before Armstrong levelled matters after converting Bradley Dack’s cross in the 71st minute.

Oldham were made to sweat in the final eight minute when Wilfried Moimbe was sent off after receiving a second yellow for a nasty challenge. However, Latics stood firm and held out for a much-needed point in their bid against the drop.

Following the game, Wellens spoke to IFollow Latics and heaped praise on his players’ efforts. He said: “It was a great advert for League One football as both teams played really well and played some good football.

“There was energy, passion, commitment and real quality from both teams. If you had asked me before the game if I would have taken a point, then I would.

“Along with Wigan, I think they are the best team in the league. The defining part of the game was the free kick which goes into the top corner.

“You have to give them credit for coming back into the game but I thought all game we were really good.

“They went for it and caused us problems but I thought everyone was outstanding.”

Of the 2,294 Latics supporters who made the short trip to Ewood Park, Wellens said: “Credit to the club,” he commented. “The percentage of our away support to our home support is one of the best in the country.

“It makes me proud that the supporters come here and support the club that way because the atmosphere was brilliant.

“The players take confidence from that when players are singing their names.”

Picture: Oldham’s official Twitter account captured the hearty Latics fans who travelled in numbers