Manager Rob Page thought that the penalty awarded against the Valiants was “very harsh” while Oldham boss John Sheridan criticised his goalkeeper’s performance during the 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
Page told the media: “I think it was a battling performance. Oldham have had a terrific couple of results and are unbeaten in seven so, coming here on a pitch like that, we knew we were in for a tough night.
“I thought they stood up to it. We took the lead and it shows how far we have come that we are disappointed to have come away with just a point.
“I have looked at the penalty again and I think it is extremely harsh. There is contact, Duffs does what you ask your defenders to do, which is have contact with them. I think their lad pushes Duffs over and then falls over him.”
Meanwhile, Oldham manager John Sheridan blasted his goalkeeper for the punch that led to Vale taking the lead. Sheridan said: “I’ve said to Joel that he needs to grow up and be strong. He’s got a pair of gloves on there so he should just catch it, he shouldn’t have punched it.
“You can’t do anything or coach anything to stop the manner of the goals that we’re giving away so that needs to improve. We knew it would be a difficult game as they’re organised and get people behind the ball but we did have a few chances to win it.”