Oldham Athletic’s habit of conceding late goals has come back to haunt them once again, this time costing Paul Scholes’ side their first win in their last four games and leaving them to make do with a point in a 1-1 draw against Stevenage.
It was the fourth game in a row that Oldham allowed their opponents a goal in stoppage time, scuppering any hopes they might have had of making the playoff places this season.
Latics did start the game the brighter of the two sides at Boundary Park and could’ve taken the lead had Zak Dearnley’s effort been on target, while Gevaro Nepomuceno tested Paul Farman in the visitor’s goal.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though as Boro had chances, former Rotherham United striker Alex Revell effort from the edge of the box was brilliantly tipped over by Daniel Iversen.
The two sides would go in at halftime level but not for long as Oldham came out with all guns blazing and were rewarded just two minutes into the second half.
Nepomuceno played a beautiful ball through to Jose Baxter who wasted no time at all in firing from 25-yards out into the back of the net.
Nepomuceno, who was having a hand in almost everything Latics were doing going forward, nearly doubled their lead but instead drew an excellent save from Farman.
Oldham would, once again, have their hearts broken though in the 91st minute as Kurtis Guthrie rose highest to head beyond Iversen and claim a share of the points for Stevenage.
The draw leaves Oldham in 13th in the League One table, seven points off a place in the playoffs with 11 games left to play.
Next up for Paul Scholes’ men is a trip to Cambridge United on Saturday (9th March).