OLDHAM boss Harry Kewell was left fuming at the officials after seeing his side slip to a 2-0 defeat at Salford.

A goal in each half from James Wilson - who scored for the fifth home game in a row - and Ash Hunter condemned the Latics to a sixth defeat of the season which sees them sitting 20th in League Two.

But Kewell, back in their dugout after a period of isolation, believes the match officials did not help his side's cause.

“I’m disappointed really. It was an interesting game. I don’t want to sit here and blame people but I don’t think the officials had the greatest of games,” Kewell said.

“I thought there were a lot of decisions the ref was giving for them and he wasn’t giving for us and we could clearly see it. The main one was when we were on the break and he just pulls it up which I am just baffled by. It was incredible.

“We played some lovely stuff but our final delivery wasn’t good enough. We got behind them but never hit the target. We had great chances but just didn’t hit the target and if you don’t hit the target you can’t score a goal.

“The goals came from silly mistakes, a simple ball down the line, a bit of confusion, a tussle. It was scrappy but they got the goal. It doesn’t always have to be a forty yarder.”

Oldham were up against a Salford side managed by Paul Scholes who spent an ill-fated 31 days in charge at Boundary Park last year.

The former Manchester United and England star was in charge of the Ammies for a fourth time following the sacking of Graham Alexander.

“Really pleased. I thought Oldham made it difficult for us at times, I thought we started the game really well, didn’t score as we would have liked and ended up with a scrappy goal,” Scholes said.

“Second half I thought we looked strong and came on strong and probably deserved the win.

Scholes is only in temporary charge but with Roy Keane, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers all watching on he guided his side to a fourth win to move up to ninth place.

“Five clean sheets in nine is a good foundation to build on, we defended from the front and I thought (Ian) Henderson’s energy and organisation was brilliant," he added. "Very happy with the clean sheet, we restricted them to minimal chances and 2-0 is a good win.

“The pressure is on when it is your boyhood club. I want to beat anybody and the Oldham thing happened. It didn’t matter who we played today, we need to win games if we are to win any chance of promotion or being in the play-off spots.”