The Latics were very much in the game until Robbie Keane joined Fredi Kanoute on the scoresheet to make it 2-0 just after the hour.
Jermain Defoe soon made it 3-0 and then Goran Bunjevcevic, Anthony Gardner and Fredi all netted in an amazing last five minutes as we ran out 6-0 winners.
"The scoreline was a little harsh but at the end they taught us a lesson," said Talbot.
"Their superior ability and running off the ball made us tired and they punished us severely because their finishing was first class.
"But for an hour we were in the match. I thought we were very unfortunate to be 1-0 down at half-time, but then at the start of the second half we were having a go.
"We needed a bit of luck to get an equaliser, but then against the run of play they scored their second and when that went in it was game, set and match.
"Our heads dropped and we became tired. In the last 10 minutes it was men against boys. We could have done with the final whistle coming 10 minutes before it did.
"On the night they were too good for us and we have to hold our hands up because in the finish they strolled it."
Oldham boss Brian Talbot praised his side's display in the first hour of last night's Carling Cup tie but admitted we were just too good in the end.