Oldham manager Paul Dickov lambasts Carlisle United loanee Liam Noble

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov has labelled Carlisle United loan star Liam Noble ‘a coward’ as the fallout continues from Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Brunton Park.

The 20-year-old, on loan from Premier League side Sunderland, got on the wrong side of the fiery Scot when he vociferously celebrated Francois Zoko’s injury time equaliser in front of the Latics’ bench. To add further fuel to the fire Dickov also alleged that Nolan elbowed midfielder Dean Furman during the clash.

Speaking to the Times & Star Dickov fumed: “He [Noble] is a young man who decided to celebrate in front of me, but he is also a young man who has found his level.

“He elbowed Dean Furman and will have been happy that he got away with it. He is a coward as far as I am concerned.”

The Cumbrian club refused to comment on the Scot’s remarks but in his post-match interview immediately following the game on Saturday manager Greg Abbott admitted Noble was fortunate to escape a booking for his celebrations: “We nearly had another suspension with [Liam] shouting his mouth off, and we have to educate him.

“But he is in the middle of the arena where all the fire is flying. He has dealt with it his way. Hopefully he has got away with it and he learns from it.”

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