BARROW manager Mark Cooper fears Oldham's off-field problems will have a detrimental affect on the team.

Latics suffered their fifth League Two defeat of the season at home to the Bluebirds in a game that was halted by more on-field protests as fans ran onto the pitch in the 65th minute, causing referee Carl Boyeson to call both sets of players off the pitch until the fans returned to the stands.

Cooper was delighted with how his team - leading 3-0 at the time - responded to the scenes to secure their second league win and shoot up the table.

But he predicts problems for struggling Latics going forward.

"It was eventful, it had everything," said Cooper of the game.

"In the second half I thought we were calm in what was a difficult atmosphere with the crowd.

"The key thing is concentration and making sure we focus and finish the game off and get the three points.

"I'm not sure of the ins and outs of what's going on but it seems a difficult atmosphere for the Oldham boys to play in and I'm not sure how much that will help their cause going forward."

Barrow led 1-0 at the break through former Oldham midfielder Ollie Banks' 25-yard strike, before securing the win with two goals in four second half minutes.

Cooper, who is friends with Oldham boss Keith Curle, added: "It's great to win, but to win 3-0 on the road, you have to make the most of those days."