OLDHAM Athletic skipper Peter Clarke felt Oxford United got the rub of the green with refereeing decisions on the way to a 2-0 win at Boundary Park.

The Latics believed Wes Thomas’s opening goal should have been ruled out for offside, although television footage appeared to show the run was well-timed.

Defender Clarke, who also thought Oldham had a strong case for a penalty against Christian Ribeiro late on, had not seen a replay of the Thomas goal, but thought the result was harsh.

He said: “I think probably over the course of the 90 minutes, I might be a little biased but I think we were the better side.

“We played some good stuff and I think we were on the wrong end of some big decisions.

“I’ve not seen it (Thomas’s goal) back, but my initial reaction was he was about two or three yards offside.

“They are big calls in the game, especially when the scoreline is as it was.

“It changes the complexion and if we had gone in at half-time 0-0 then with us being the better side I think we probably would have gone on and won the game.”