NEITHER Scott Naylor nor Phil Veivers, rival coaches, liked what they saw in a scrappy game at Derwent Park.
Naturally, the Australian was the happier of the two because his side won 23-12 to end a seven-match losing streak. He called it an “ugly” win, however, and said he wasn’t particularly impressed by Town’s “only average” performance.
A bitterly-disappointed Naylor was fiercely critical of Oldham’s lack-lustre offering and felt this was two precious points thrown away in a missed opportunity to create more daylight between Roughyeds and the division’s bottom two.
Said the Oldham boss: “Although Workington scored seven points in the last two or three minutes, the score was a true reflection of our poor performance,
“We got to Workington after a long journey and some of the players didn’t perform to the level that is expected of them. This had an adverse effect on the team.
“After working all week on ways to beat Workington we went out and did something entirely different. When we did go to the game plan we looked more dangerous and we scored some points.
“This is a division in which players must have big hearts and fantastic attitudes and must be prepared to display them week in and week out, home or away.
“Some of the lads were outstanding in their efforts and gave everything they had, but I couldn’t say that about everyone.
“We made it easy for Workington and its going to be a long season if we continue to play like we did today,
“We weren’t beaten by a better team; we were beaten by a side that had a real go at us and gave everything for their coach.”