Cup exit to prompt Ranieri into transfer search
Claudio Ranieri watched his Fulham fringe men flop in the FA Cup against Oldham and hinted that he might now look for some new players.
The Cottagers boss made six changes to the side beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in the Premier League for the third-round tie against the League Two outfit at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Denis Odoi's neat finish put the hosts in front early in the second half, only for Sam Surridge to equalise for the Latics from the penalty spot, just hours before he returns to Bournemouth as his Oldham loan comes to an end.
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic then missed a hotly-disputed penalty - awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) - with his first touch after climbing off the bench.
And the Serbian was made to pay further when Callum Lang thumped home a fine headed winner for Oldham with just two minutes remaining.
Ranieri was a frustrated figure afterwards and intimated that the failure of his squad players to take the chance handed to them means he is now set to look elsewhere for reinforcements this month.
"Congratulations to Oldham; I gave a chance to players who aren't involved and they missed their chance," he said.
"If there is an opportunity to buy somebody, the chairman is ready.
"I didn't see the desire (or) the passion that I saw with Oldham."
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