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Taylor: Latics keeper had 'worldy'

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor bemoaned a mix of bad luck and wayward finishing after his side's 1-0 defeat at Oldham.

Latics goalkeeper Mark Oxley played a big role in the victory for the hosts. Oxley, on a season-long loan from Hull, made a string of impressive saves.

Myles Weston had already been denied by Oxley when Oldham snatched their winning goal after 33 minutes as Gary Harkins drilled a shot inside the far post from David Worrall's right-wing cross.

Jon Stead saw a shot hit a post for the Latics but at the other end Oxley continued to keep the Gills at bay, repelling efforts from Joe Pigott, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Cody McDonald. The save from McDonald was a superb stop coming in the final seconds of injury time.

Taylor said: "I can't believe we didn't win.

"We had a lot more chances than the opposition, but their goalkeeper made some wonderful saves.

"There were occasions when our finishing wasn't good enough, but it was good in the second half and their keeper had a 'worldy'.

"We played a lot of good football and made a lot of chances, but we didn't have a great deal of luck in front of goal.

"We made changes to our team, but we had an extremely disappointing second half (against Sheffield United) two-and-a-half days ago so we needed to take advantage of our squad.

"We needed fresh legs and the players agreed. People might say Peter Taylor picked the wrong team because we lost, but our performance didn't show that.

"The players who came into the side did some good things. If we are going to stay in this division it will be down to the whole squad, not just 11 players."