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JASON SCOTLAND was happy to get off the mark on his debut, but admitted it was little consolation after his side lost to a last-minute goal.

Scotland thought Swans could have beaten Oldham and claimed they deserved to leave Boundary Park with at least a point.

But as League One life after Lee Trundle began the striker showed his composure to equalise after 55 minutes, and he admits the goal was made sweeter by the fact it was in front of the Swans travelling fans.

He said, “I’m a striker so I’m paid to score goals and I was happy to get one in front of the Swansea fans.

“Obviously I’m pleased to get off the mark, but I’m disappointed because we didn’t win the game.

“We played the better football and we deserved a point at least. We had a slow start, but we picked ourselves up, got to 1-1, and we were bossing the game.

“So to lose in the last three minutes is very disappointing.

“We have to bounce back and we are looking forward to the next game (against Walsall in the Carling Cup tomorrow) and hopefully we can get a good win to go into Saturday with confidence.”

Scorong on his debut it was inevitable Scotland was asked about his target for the season.

But he added, “I don’t know at the moment. Obviously if I keep scoring goals I can be looking at a big target. At the moment I want to just keep scoring and doing well for Swansea City.

“I enjoyed it out there. Up in Scotland for St Johnstone I didn’t get as much room as I did today. It was a good game and hopefully I can enjoy the rest of the season.”

While Scotland enjoyed success in front of goal, the Swans stand-in captain, centre-back Alan Tate, was on the wrong end of two crucial decisions from referee Andy Hall.

The 24-year-old conceded a penalty in the first minute and was then penalised for handball in the 90th minute, giving Oldham the free-kick that led to their winner.

Tate justifiably had issues with both decisions and said, “You go on about referees and people wonder why we tear our hair out because of them.

“But, if he’s honest, then he knows he has got decisions wrong. Everyone’s seen the video with the penalty and they know it wasn’t one. We both had arms across and I don’t even think he appealed.

“As for the handball, I’m honest enough about these things and I can say it hit my shoulder. I said to the ref at the end that he killed us and he said he would look at it.

“Whether he’s going to be honest enough to come out and say he got them both wrong, well referees don’t do that do they?”

While Tate was upset with the decision, he believes the knowledge that he wasn’t in the wrong allowed him to get on with his game.

He added, “You can put it out of your head because you know yourself when you have done something stupid and if it was a penalty. But I know it wasn’t a penalty because pulling him back didn’t even cross my mind.”