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Oldham celebrate FA Cup win over Liverpool

The magic of the FA Cup retains a little potency. A weekend of surprise results in the fourth round culminated in Division One strugglers Oldham dumping Liverpool out of the Cup with a spirited 3-2 victory.

It was one of the club’s best afternoons, but it might not even save manager Paul Dickov’s job. Survival in the league is the club’s priority and his future is uncertain. "I don't know if it is enough," he said after the victory. "Let me enjoy this first. This is right up there. I've won a European medal, played for my country and scored at Wembley but, after everything that has gone on recently, to go out there and win this game is right at the very top."

Liverpool were unable to cope with the physical presence of Oldham striker Matt Smith although they contributed to their downfall with sloppy defending and inept goalkeeping. Two smart goals from Luis Suarez and Joe Allen did not conceal a poor performance.

"Our mentality was poor and it cost us," manager Brendan Rodgers admitted. The FA Cup exit means that the Europa League is now Liverpool’s only hope of a trophy this season.

"I was really disappointed with our young players," Rodgers said. "We're trying to give them experience and let them see what it's like to play for Liverpool. If you are going to win trophies and go far then you need to come to places like Oldham and win. We were not good enough."

If Dickov retains his job he faces a fifth-round tie against Everton. Oldham chairman Simon Corney wasn’t offering any guarantees. "It's very awkward," Corney said. "We will have to chat about it. Paul has his own decision to make. Days like this are great but the biggest thing is about staying in this division."

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