KEITH Curle says it feels like one step forward and two back for Oldham Athletic at the minute, after mistakes at both ends of the pitch cost them at home to Harrogate Town.

Latics celebrated a hard fought derby win at Rochdale last weekend and Curle hoped that it would prove to be a turning point for his side.

But, despite dominating the opening period of this afternoon's game against high flying Harrogate at Boundary Park, Latics failed to take their chances and defensive lapses contributed to a 2-1 defeat.

Harry Vaughan came off the bench and offered hope of a comeback with his first league goal, a superb move and finish within seconds of his introduction.

But it was a bitter sweet moment for the teenager as Latics were unable to add to it and avoid a fourth home loss in League Two this season.

A 3-0 defeat for Scunthorpe at Newport does, however, mean Oldham are off the bottom of the table on goal difference.

But that was little consolation for Curle.

"We started the game very well, good opportunities, moved the ball quickly, moved the ball well. We've been trying to instil that confidence in the players and you could tell it was there after the result last week, and then we don't consistently do what needs to be done," said the head coach.

"We didn't move the ball quickly, we didn't switch the play quickly, and then we start complicating the game, and when you start complicating the game you give the opposition time to get set and get men behind the ball and counter attack.

"I think they had one shot in the second half and it's gone in.

"After the first 20-25 minutes if anything you'd have said we look a team that is third in the division, not them, but that's when you need to take your chances.

"You take one step forward with the result (at Rochdale), the coming together of the football club, and then you get a disappointing result again today and you've got to start building again. You've got to start building confidence back up again.

"We've got to keep repeating the message of doing the simple things. We started the game excellently and created two great chances that we've got to score from.

"Summing up the whole 90 minutes, put their centre forward in our team and it would be a different result. I thought he did excellent for them, and only by doing the basics well - retaining possession, leading the line well and retaining everything. We weren't consistent, reliable, dependable with our forward play."