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McGuire: It wasn't our night

17 December 2013

Midfielder Jamie McGuire believes ‘it wasn’t our night’ following our 4-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic the FA Cup with Budweiser.

We were dreaming of a Third Round tie with Liverpool when Ross Dyer headed home a Lindon Meikle cross, but the Latics battled back to earn a trip to Anfield.

“At half-time we recouped and in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half, we were comfortable, but it was a stupid mistake [for the free-kick that led to Oldham’s equaliser],” said McGuire.

“But to be fair, the lad has put it right in the top corner and there’s nothing you can do about it. 

“We ‘huffed and puffed’ after that, but there was nothing we could do about it. They were just sharp in the box and put their chances away.”

He continued: “I think we’ve just got to hold on better as a team. At 1-1, we needed to dig in, but we never did that. They got the goals and now they’ve got the tie of the round in going to Liverpool, so good luck to them.

“We’re honest enough and I think it wasn’t our night tonight, which is football for you. Oldham put their chances away and that’s the way it goes.”

Despite feeling disappointed at our exit from the competition, McGuire is now looking forward to our side switching their focus back to league matters.

We lock horns with Accrington Stanley on Saturday and McGuire is determined for us to pick up all three points, urging our fans to back us once again. 

He continued: “We did well away at Oldham and also at Wimbledon. I thought we did well today, we matched them, but now it’s our FA Cup game on Saturday when we play Accrington – we’ve got to win that one and get all three points on the board. 

“These upcoming games have got to get us back up the league table. We’ve got to get the points here and there, then push on once again, which I think we will do.

“The fans were brilliant tonight and I want them to get right behind us again on Saturday, because it’s such a big game.”

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