Last Updated: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:43
Lee Johnson was left to reflect on a poor performance from his Oldham side as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Macclesfield.
The Stags have lost six consecutive games in League Two but Sam Clucas blasted his 11th goal of the season to earn an FA Cup second-round cup replay against League One opposition.
Latics, who stretched their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions, had gone ahead courtesy of captain Korey Smith's superb goal.
Johnson said: "It was very flat and it was reminiscent of a reserve game. I blame that on our players because Korey Smith was the only one with any spark.
"He scored a wonderful goal and showed what an excellent player he is, but it's lucky he did because there's no doubt we were poor.
"On the plus side, we are in the hat for the next round despite our performance and we can't play as badly as that in the replay.
"We didn't do enough with our possession and I could understand the grumbles from the crowd because we didn't do enough to win the game.
"We live to fight another day and we've always known that our progression as a team would have some dips.
"There are so many games coming up that I need to look after people, but we need more players who are on the fringes to stand up and be counted when they come into the first XI."
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