Oldham boss Pete Wild felt his side deserved maximum points after they were held to a 0-0 draw in Sky Bet League Two at Cheltenham.
The result extended the Latics’ unbeaten run to five games, but the two dropped points dented their hopes of a late charge into the play-off places.
Wild said: “I thought we controlled large parts of the game. We dominated the ball and when we didn’t have the ball we had control of the game.
“We were really happy with how we were controlling the football match, we just couldn’t get it over the line.
“We huffed and puffed, tried putting some legs on, even putting Rob Hunt on the right-hand side to give us some legs and see if we could get a winner with some pace. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for us, but overall we did really well.”
Cheltenham threatened early on with Luke Varney heading a chance over the bar and George Lloyd’s glancing effort just clearing the far post after Chris Hussey’s cross.
Oldham’s Jose Baxter failed to hit the target after hesitation from Scott Flinders on the edge of his penalty area.
Flinders saved from Baxter in the 25th minute and Hussey’s well-timed challenge denied Oladapo Afolayan after he reached a long ball.
Tom Hamer blocked a volley from Hussey and Cheltenham had a goal disallowed before the break, with Charlie Raglan adjudged to have committed a foul on Peter Clarke before powering in Hussey’s corner in the 38th minute.
Flinders turned a low free-kick from Mohamed Maouche around the post in the 57th minute and at the other end, Daniel Iversen blocked well to deny Kevin Dawson, who was through one-on-one three minutes later.
Mohamed Sylla cleared Will Boyle’s header from Hussey’s corner and Iversen comfortably saved a low effort from Varney as neither side could find a breakthrough.
Cheltenham boss Michael Duff admitted his side had not played well.
he said: “We couldn’t really get going and it was a bit slow, with everything backwards and sideways.
“We didn’t play through them. We asked for a clean sheet and we got that, but it’s frustration after that more than anything.
“Quite a few decisions went against us, but it was a really tight game and they are not bad.
“They’ve lost one in eight and they have some good players. We had the best chance of the game and what I thought was a good goal disallowed, but there wasn’t much in it.
“The players have set the levels so high now, but they can’t be brilliant every week.”