IPSWICH Town boss Paul Cook praised Oldham Athletic's "outstanding spirit" after they ran his side close twice in the FA Cup first round.

Latics came back from behind to earn a draw at Portman Road, setting up last night's replay at Boundary Park.

Harrison McGahey's first goal for the club gave Latics the lead just before the half-hour, and was just reward for a positive start to the game.

But when Jayson Leutwiler collided with Jordan Clarke in coming for a cross and spilled the ball in front of Conor Chaplin to equalise Ipswich asserted their superior league status and Idris El Mizouni's dipping winner from distance set up a home tie with Barrow for the League One Tractor Boys on December 4.

It was relief for Cook. Ipswich had won just one FA Cup tie in 11 years.

"It's all about getting through," said Cook.

"There's always upsets in football. The biggest thing for us is being in the next round.

"You must credit Oldham. I think the team played with outstanding spirit over both legs.

"You would have never have known there was a gulf of 25-30 places in the pyramid.

"I think Keith is doing a great job and he's getting players back. We've seen that with Sam Hart coming on and the likes.

"I'm sure Oldham will be fine and step forward, and hopefully they can get back on their feet where we want them to be. It's a fantastic football club."