DINO MAAMRIA believes that his Oldham side are feeling the festive fatigue after they slipped to back-to-back League Two defeats with a 2-0 loss against Scunthorpe at Boundary Park.

Abo Eisa gave the visitors the lead with a sublime strike from 25 yards before Matthew Lund struck as full-time approached condemning the hosts to defeat for the second time in four days.

And the Latics boss believes a run of three games in the last seven days has left his charges flagging. 

“It was a really poor game of football, to be fair,” he said. 

“Two teams that looked tired at the start, the first half was very scrappy. 

“The difference was really they’ve been on a great run, they lost their last two games, and they’ve gone back today to basics, to scrap for first and second ball, win headers, win tackles. 

“All those things that I’ve been trying to instil in this team from the day I came in. We looked like we didn’t have enough, tired legs, tired minds. It’s three games in a very short space of time and we clearly ran out of legs at the end.”

Maamria made three changes to the side which lost to Salford with Alex Iacovitti, David Jones and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replacing Tomas Egert, Chris McCann and Mohamed Maouche.

Eisa took advantage of Zak Mills’ error before 20 minutes to dart down the left flank and deliver a low cross which just evaded Lee Novak in what was a warning sign for the Latics.

Novak turned into the box shortly after and his deflected effort trickled across goal as the Iron came to life in the final third.

At the other end, Desire Segbe Azankpo found himself in space in the box at an acute angle and fired across goal for the Latics on the half-hour.

But Scunthorpe took a deserved lead 10 minutes before the break when Eisa picked up possession 25 yards from goal and unleashed a marvellous effort which curled past Zeus De La Paz into the bottom corner.

Oldham made a double change at half-time as Maouche and Scott Wilson replaced Akpa Akpro and Filipe Morais.

A flowing move involving Eisa, Novak and McAtee ended with the latter forcing stopper De La Paz into action.

Another Eisa effort was blocked after 50 minutes and McAtee volleyed the loose ball wide as the visitors began the second half brightly.

Maouche shot from 25 yards but Eastwood was equal to it, while David Wheater headed on a throw in for Wilson whose effort was blocked after the hour.

Wheater then met Jonny Smith’s 65th-minute corner and his header trickled towards the bottom corner only for Eastwood to claim it.

Good work from Alex Gilliead went unrewarded for Scunthorpe as a free Novak blasted well over with more than 20 minutes left.

But a free Lund put the result beyond doubt seven minutes from full-time when he blasted home at the far post from a half-cleared corner which was too powerful for De La Paz to keep out.

The result leaves Oldham sat 20th in the League Two table ahead of weekend’s trip to Cheltenham, where Maamria will be looking to get his players acquainted with the simple things once again. 

“I was disappointed really with our lack of doing the basics in terms of getting tighter to them, closing them down with intensity, winning the first and second ball,” he added. 

“I thought we were second all over the park. I think one or two players come away with credit, but as a team, we weren’t good.”

Oldham: (4-4-2): Zeus De la Paz 6, Zak Mills 5, Tom Hamer 6, David Wheater 6, Alex Iacovitti 5, Jonny Smith 5, Mohamad Sylla 6, David Jones 5 (Christopher Missilou 65 5), Filipe Morais 5 (Mohamed Maouche 46 6), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 5 (Scott Wilson 46 5), Desire Segbe Azankpo 5

Subs not used: Gary Woods, Dylan Fage, Chris Eagles, Taylor Jones

Scunthorpe: (4-4-2): Jake Eastwood, Kgosi Ntlhe, Harrison McGahey, Rory McArdle, Junior Brown, Alex Gilliead, Matthew Lund, James Perch, Abo Eisa (Ryan Colclough 78), John McAtee (Levi Sutton 73), Lee Novak (Jamie Proctor 86)

Subs not used: Rory Watson, Andy Dales, Jamie Ward, Jacob Bedeau

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Attendance: 2,972