OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0, GILLINGHAM 0
Oldham Athletic lacked a killer punch in front of goal as they were held at home by Gillingham in Sky Bet League One.
Manager Lee Johnson was left to lament of their failings in the final third of the pitch as they were unable to make it four straight victories in league and cup.
“It comes down to three things in the box – decision making, touch and then finish. When we had one, we didn’t have the other two,” explained Johnson who added that he was pleased overall with his side’s general play.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Latics who clearly missed Jonathan Forte’s goal threat – five in six games – as he was ruled out through injury.
James Dayton replaced Forte on the left, but doesn’t possess the same goal threat.
On the flip side of the coin, Latics were again resolute defending as this was their fourth successive clean sheet.
And the point made it seven out a possible nine as they remain in the top half of the table, a stark contrast to their bottom-four spot little over a fortnight ago.
Oldham started brightly clearing five clear-cut chances in the opening 20 minutes, Dominic Poleon shooting into the side netting and Liam Kelly firing just over.
In the second half, Danny Philliskirk and Mike Jones also tested Gills’ keeper Stephen Bywater and the visitors only had one serious goal attempt in the entire game when Jermaine McGlashan headed straight at keeper Paul Rachubka as the game ended in stalemate.