Liverpool v Oldham: Lee Johnson hails fans after FA Cup exit

Oldham manager Lee Johnson paid tribute to Latics fans following their 2-0 FA Cup third-round defeat by Liverpool.

The club sold out their allocation of 5755 tickets for the game at Anfield.

Goals from Iago Aspas and a James Tarkowski own goal gave Brendan Rodgers' men victory and a fourth-round tie with either Bournemouth or Burton.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Johnson was proud of his side's efforts and said: "The fans never stopped singing. The atmosphere was electric."

He added: "It is great for the group of players because they can only grow off that.

Lee Johnson on James Tarkowski

"I expect him to remain at the club. He should because there is another stage of his development yet to be ready to step up to another level but who knows. He showed [against Liverpool] he wouldn't look out of place in their team. "

"I was so pleased to give everybody, as a club, this game because everybody can have a fantastic day out and we tried."

The sides had met each other in the competition for the third consecutive season, with the League One outfit shocking their opponents in January 2013.

There was no repeat this time around, though, as second-half goals ended the Latics' involvement in the competition.

However, boss Johnson felt hard done by with the result.

Asked if his team should have been given a penalty for a push in the box on midfielder Gary Harkins, he replied: "It genuinely felt like a stonewall penalty.

"Sometimes you hear managers moan and I spoke to Harkins and he said he was about to nod the ball in.

"Maybe if he had been more theatrical, we probably would have got the penalty.

"The referees are paid to make those decisions and he hasn't given it on the day, but it seems to be a theme in our season."