ASSISTANT boss Peter Carey said the 28-32 defeat by Workington Town was another example of the squad’s apparent inability to close down tight games when they re in front with only a short time left.
Oldham led 28-20 with quarter of an hour left but then made too many mistakes, failed to complete sets and continually put themselves under pressure.
Said No 2 Carey:
“We’re disappointed because we’d been working on certain things during the week and the lads have failed to put them into practice.
“We made an awful start. I think we must have been still in the changing rooms.
“We then showed a lot of character to get back into the game, whereupon we started to make a lot of mistakes with the result that we had very little field position, especially in the second half.
“When we led 28-20 near the end we should have been making sure we completed our sets to close down the game, but we didn’t do it with the consequence that we spent the whole of the second half defending our line.
“We did everything but settle down when we were two scores ahead in the closing stages and to be brutally honest we beat ourselves.
“We worked last week on defending kicks yet thy scored twice like that, which was disappointing to say the least.
“We knew what we needed to do to beat Workington, The lads had the information but they didn’t go out and execute it.”