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MATCH REPORT: Latics Secure Victory Over Walsall

22 October 2019

Oldham Athletic picked up all three points against Walsall at Boundary Park as goals from Scott Wilson and Desire Segbe Azankpo sealed the win.

Walsall had the first chance of the game after good work from Rory Gaffney resulted in Alfie Bates having a strike on goal, but his attempt went just wide of Zeus de la Paz’s goal.

Gaffney continued to cause Latics problems, this time he laid the ball off to Rory Holden, but he couldn't quite make enough contact to directed it goal wards and the danger was cleared.

In the 35th minute, Matt Sadler rose the highest from a corner, but his header went just wide of the post.

Just before half-time, Jonny Smith played a ball over the top to Wilson and he held the ball up before passing it to Chris McCann and he had a strike on goal from outside the area, but Jack Rose pulled off a good save to deny the experienced midfielder.

After the restart, Walsall played some nice football before Stuart Sinclair played the ball to Holden and he had an effort from outside the area, but De La Paz was equal to it and palmed it away.

Shortly into the second-half, Sadler was shown a red card for hand ball as the ball was played over the top, but he stopped the Latics forward going clean through with his hand and was given his marching orders.

In the 53rd minute, Latics took the lead after great football down the left by Latics saw Iacovitti race into box before laying it off to Wilson and he smashed it into the top corner to get his first goal of the season.

Dino Maamria’s side doubled their advantage in the 69th minute when a great cross from the left landed at the feet of Azankpo, who was unmarked, and he placed his strike into the bottom corner past Rose.

Saddlers substitute Cameron Norman had an attempt from just outside the penalty area and it looked dangerous, but De La Paz kept the visitors out.

It was a proud moment in the 85th minute as Zac Emmerson came on to make his professional debut and becoming the second youngest player to play in the EFL at just 15 years and 73 days old. And in the 89th minute, Reece Gaskell also came on to make his professional debut.

The hosts continued to dominate until the final whistle and managed to see out the 2-0 win.

Oldham Athletic 2-0 Walsall.

Attendance 2438 (Away 199)

Oldham Athletic XI – De La Paz, Hamer, Wheater ©, Stott, Iacovitti, McCann, Missilou, Morais (Eagles 85’), Smith, Azankpo (Emmerson 85’), Wilson.

Subs – Woods, Smith-Brown, Gaskell, McHale, Eagles, McKinney, Emmerson.

Walsall XI – Rose, Pring (Jules 45’) (Facey 74’), Sadler, Clarke, Scarr, Sinclair, Gordon, Adebayo, Holden, Bates, Gaffney (Norman 55’).

Subs – Roberts, Norman, Facey, McDonald, Liddle, Willis, Jules.


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