Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Latics Lament Late Spot-Kick Decision

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Latics Lament Late Spot-Kick Decision

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OLDHAM interim boss Pete Wild felt his side were unlucky as they crashed out of the FA Cup to Doncaster.

Ben Whiteman's late penalty secured victory after Peter Clarke had cancelled out the midfielder's deflected opener at the Keepmoat Stadium.

"Clear as day - that's never a penalty in a million years," Wild said after being shown a replay of the incident. "They've had a lot of chances in the game, they're always going to score one of them and they did. We stayed resilient, got a goal of our own and then it could go either way, and it's disappointing that a controversial decision has won the game."

Referee Peter Bankes awarded the decisive penalty after a lengthy consultation with his assistant, before concluding Clarke had handled the ball.

Rovers had the better chances in a drab first half, with James Coppinger's volley producing a fine save from Dan Iversen and Clarke producing a dramatic goal-line clearance after John Marquis had rounded the goalkeeper. …

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