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REACTION: 'It Hurts'

20 October 2012

Manager fumes at missed handball in Oldham Athletic defeat

RUSSELL SLADE was angry at referee Scott Duncan missing a handball in Matt Derbyshire's opener against the O's on Saturday.

Derbyshire scored Oldham's first 13 minutes from time as the hosts eventually ran out 2-0 winners but Slade was convinced the home striker used his arm to control the ball.

Slade was disappointed to concede a crucial goal in that fashion, especially as he felt the Londoners were defending well.

"They are a threat from set plays and we've not dealt with a set play, but I have to tell you it's an absolutely blatant handball," said the O's boss.

"He's [Derbyshire] used his arm to control the ball to volley it in. That hurts.

"We've put in all that hard work and they score following a handball with 13 minutes to go.

"You can't bring it down with your arm and then volley it in, and lose that way - it's not right."

Orient lacked much of a threat going forward for much of the Boundary Park contest, but Slade felt that was also true of the Latics.

"Our defensive shape was excellent," Slade said. "We wanted a little more going forward, but Mo nearly got on the end of one, Rowly had one in the first half.

"There weren't too many chances to shout about, but we did look comfortable and that's on the back of having a game on Tuesday.

"It was a tight game. They hadn't created anything up until 77 minutes. They're the home side, I'm the away side. I'm doing a job here."

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