Oldham Athletic earned themselves a credible point last night with a 1-1 draw against table toppers Lincoln City.
The Imps came off the summit courtesy of MK Dons win against Morecambe, but perhaps should have taken all three points after playing against ten men for over half the game.
Striker Ishmael Miller was sent off for a horror challenge of keeper Josh Vickers, coming in high and late after the keeper collected a loose ball. The reaction of the nearest Oldham player told the story, his hands went straight to his head as he knew what his team-mate had done.
Sadly, the official Oldham Athletic Twitter account did not. They claimed to be ‘absolutely baffled’ by the decision.
It turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Oldham, Sam Surridge came on and played incredibly well with the hosts looking more dangerous on the break than they had with eleven men on the field.
Still, how can a club’s official Twitter feed not see the malice in the challenge? these fans couldn’t believe it either.
45+2' RED CARD: Miller clashes with the goalkeeper Vickers in a 50/50 challenge and the referee sends Miller off. Absolutely baffled
— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) November 27, 2018
Are you watching the same game?! It wasn’t a foul, it was assault!
— Sam Wray (@Sam_Wray) November 27, 2018
It’s a straight red card, if it was a Lincoln player i would of accepted a straight red. Shocking challenge
— Jamie Clark (@jsclark_) November 27, 2018
Appalling from the official Twitter feed, it’s an horrendous challenge. Disrespect like this is why referees get abuse across the country
— Steven Wolstenholme (@SteWolstenholme) November 27, 2018
Baffled? Behave, absolutely clattered the keeper, can’t argue that one in the slightest
— Jack Adcock (@jack_Adcock22) November 27, 2018
Never a red , clearly went for a ball that was available to be won #poorref
— Craig Simpson (@CraigSimOAFC) November 27, 2018
Always been a dirty player Miller. When will he learn?
— Wildey (@the_wildey) November 28, 2018
Not sure how you’re baffled.. pic.twitter.com/NU9KZ3ioRj
— Ryan Willows (@RWillows) November 27, 2018
50/50 fucking challenge?! ? I’ve only just seen that… are you joking ?
— Callum Mayer (@CalMayer_) November 27, 2018