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MATCH REPORT: Latics Claim Valuable Win

2 April 2018

Oldham Athletic move out the relegation places with a valuable 2-1 win over Blackpool.

Latics had to do it the hard way as they came from behind the secure the three points against the Seasiders.

Kyle Vassell gave the visitors a first half lead but two second had goals turned the game on its head.

Jack Byrne came off the bench and made an immediate impact as he slammed the equaliser into the top corner and with five minutes remaining, Eoin Doyle headed home at the front post to secure Athletic all three points.

Manager Richie Wellens made a number of changes to the side which was beaten by Wigan Athletic on Good Friday.

One of those changes George Edmundson had the first effort of the game as he stepped in from the centre circle, took on his man but his shot was blocked.

A minute later came a great chance for Latics to take the lead as Rob Hunt’s cross found Eoin Doyle at the front post but he could not connect properly with his effort and Joe Lumley saved.

Athletic put the early pressure on the visitors and that pressure almost paid on 11 minutes. Ousmane Fane intercepted a ball 25 yards from goal, however, he elected to shoot instead of passing to Doyle who was free on his left.

Latics had to be wary a minute later as Blackpool was awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal but Jimmy Ryan curled his effort over the crossbar.

The best chance of the half for Latics came on 15 minutes as Duckens Nazon rolled his man and struck on the edge of the box. Lumley made the save but parried to Doyle six yards from goal but the goalkeeper somehow made the save.

The ball would just not fall for Doyle again midway through the half as Wilfried Moimbe’s cross hit the striker but the ball went over the crossbar.

For all Athletic’s possession, they were hit on the counter attack and fell behind on 37 minutes.

A cross into the box by Colin Daniel found Vassell at the front post who guided the ball beyond Johny Placide to give the visitors the lead.

It caught Latics off guard who had been on control of the half but it was the visitors who led at half time.

Athletic needed a response after the break and almost got an equaliser on 47 minutes.

Patrick McEleney crossed the ball for Doyle who glanced his header goalwards but it went inches over the crossbar.

McEleney was having an impact on the game, however, went into the referee’s notebook on 54 minutes for diving on the edge of the box.

Wellens made his first change of the afternoon as he introduced Byrne into the action and he made an immediate impact by netting the equaliser.

After a corner into the box was partially cleared, he received the ball on the edge of the box and fired into the top corner to draw Latics level.

A host of changes for both sides followed as Wellens looked to mastermind a way past the Blackpool defence.

Latics looked the more dangerous of the two sides to grab the winner and they went close on 80 minutes to finding the winner.

Hunt raced at the defence, cut the ball back to Byrne who shot but it trickled wide of the goal.

It was all Latics and they did manage to find the winner on 85 minutes through Doyle.

The striker found himself free in the penalty box and headed home from Byrne’s corner to win Athletic the game.

Blackpool threw everything at Latics in the final couple of minutes but stood resolutely to pick up the valuable three points.

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Moimbe, Edmundson, Bryan, Hunt, Pringle (Byrne 58’), Fane, Gardner, McEleney (Holloway 75’), Doyle, Nazon (Obadeyi 67’).

Subs not used: De La Paz, Wilson, Nepomuceno, Benteke.

Blackpool: Lumley, Robertson, Vassell (Gnanduillet 73’), Ryan (Cullen 87’), Tilt, Solomon-Otabor, Philliskirk, Turton, Daniel, Cooke (Longstaff 69’), Spearing.

Subs not used: Mafoumbi, Aimson, D’Almeida, Menga.

Goals: Oldham Athletic (Byrne 60’, Doyle 85’) 2-1 Blackpool (Vassell 37’)

Attendance: 4,309 (660 visiting supporters)


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