Oldham 0 - 2 Sheffield Utd
Sheffield United began life in League One with a comfortable win over a poor Oldham side.
Lecsinel Jean-Francois's shot clipped the bar as the Blades started well.
The visitors deservedly took the lead shortly after the interval when Harry Maguire thundered home an unstoppable header from Stephen Quinn's corner.
Richard Cresswell slid in to convert Quinn's centre to make it 2-0, Dean Furman went close for the hosts but in truth the result flattered them.
The Blades, who were relegated from the Championship last season , made a bright start but were unable to force home keeper Alex Cisak into any serious action.
Having weathered the early storm, the hosts came into the game before the break - Matt Smith heading straight at keeper Steve Simonsen and Chris Taylor firing narrowly over from distance.
Sheffield United started the second half as they did the first and made their pressure tell when young centre-half Maguire rose terrifically to head home from Quinn's excellent set piece to break the deadlock.
Ryan Flynn forced a good reaction save from Cisak and Jean Yves Mvoto almost inadvertently put through his own net as the Latics struggled to react to going behind.
With the hosts still reeling, Cresswell put the Blades further ahead when he crashed in Quinn's low cross from inside the six-yard box.
With the game seemingly going away from them, Oldham went close through Furman's strike and Zander Diamond's header from close range.
That was as good as it got for them and Matthew Lowton came close to further adding to the visitors lead when his low drive flashed wide.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Oldham manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester:
"It was a tough start but I'm disappointed as first-half it was a pretty even game and we were pretty comfortable.
"As soon as they scored, three or four of them gave it up and I won't have that, and I've told them that in there.
"The most disappointing thing for me is if we'd done the basic things right for 90 minutes, I thought we would have got something from the game."
Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"It was a great start, not a good start. We came here expecting a very tough battle and we got it.
"The defensive work throughout the team was excellent.
"We can't be disappointed with taking three points away on the first game of the season, I think that is very important to us."
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.89:24
Matthew Lund delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.89:24 Booking
Booking Lee Williamson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.89:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Williamson on Chris Taylor.87:54
Handball by Alexander Diamond. Daniel Bogdanovic takes the free kick.86:11
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Lund from the right by-line, Kirk Millar takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Collins. Effort from outside the penalty box by Paul Black goes wide right of the goal.84:40
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.83:03
Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line played to the near post, Paul Black makes a clearance.81:48
Lecsinel Jean-Francois produces a cross, save by Alex Cisak.80:08
The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn, Lecsinel Jean-Francois takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.77:59
Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Lund from the right by-line, Dean Furman takes a shot. Matthew Lowton gets a block in.77:08 Substitution
Substitution Daniel Bogdanovic on for Chris Porter.75:46
Matthew Lowton produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.75:04
The referee penalises Matthew Lund for handball. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.73:39
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Lund, Alexander Diamond has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.73:20
Chris Taylor takes a shot.73:00
A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton.72:12 Substitution
Substitution Lee Williamson on for Ryan Flynn.71:51
The ball is delivered by Matthew Lowton, Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance.69:29
Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Lund from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Dean Furman from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Josh Parker, clearance made by Neill Collins.68:32
Unfair challenge on Lecsinel Jean-Francois by Mathieu Smith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.64:53
Direct free kick taken by Alex Cisak.64:53 Substitution
Substitution Kirk Millar replaces Carl Winchester.64:53
Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Cisak.64:10
Corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the left by-line to the near post, Alex Cisak manages to make a clearance.61:35
The offside flag is raised against Stephen Quinn. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.59:38 Substitution
Substitution Reuben Reid goes off and Josh Parker comes on.58:31
Alexander Diamond fouled by Richard Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick.53:43
Assist on the goal came from Stephen Quinn.53:43 Goal scored
Goal! - Richard Cresswell - Oldham 0 - 2 Sheff Utd A goal is scored by Richard Cresswell from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oldham 0-2 Sheff Utd.51:38
Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Cisak.51:08
The ball is sent over by Stephen Quinn, Alex Cisak makes a save.48:49 Booking
Booking Stephen Quinn is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.47:36
Assist by Stephen Quinn.47:36 Goal scored
Goal! - Harry Maguire - Oldham 0 - 1 Sheff Utd Goal scored by Harry Maguire from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Oldham 0-1 Sheff Utd.47:14
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stephen Quinn,45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +1:13 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:27
Chris Taylor takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.43:22
Paul Black delivers the ball, Mathieu Smith takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.42:31
Matthew Lowton sends in a cross.41:57
The referee penalises Chris Taylor for handball. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.40:21 Booking
Booking Booking for Matthew Lowton for unsporting behaviour.40:03
Matthew Lowton concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Taylor. Matthew Lund takes the free kick.38:10
Foul by Mathieu Smith on Lecsinel Jean-Francois, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.37:15
Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Lund from right wing, clearance made by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.37:15 Booking
Booking Caution for Lecsinel Jean-Francois.37:00
Lecsinel Jean-Francois challenges Carl Winchester unfairly and gives away a free kick.34:48
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexander Diamond on Chris Porter. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ryan Flynn from left wing, Unfair challenge on Chris Taylor by Chris Porter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.34:15
Reuben Reid is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.33:10
Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn, Foul by Richard Cresswell on Alex Cisak, free kick awarded. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.32:40
Mathieu Smith challenges Nick Montgomery unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neill Collins takes the free kick.30:51
Paul Black delivers the ball, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.29:16
Chris Porter concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Diamond. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.28:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Lee on Nick Montgomery. Neill Collins restarts play with the free kick.27:49
The ball is swung over by Reuben Reid, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.27:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neill Collins by Reuben Reid. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.23:12
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Lund, Jean Yves Mvoto produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.23:03
A cross is delivered by Paul Black, Matthew Lowton gets a block in.22:20
Stephen Quinn delivers the ball, Lecsinel Jean-Francois takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.21:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by Kieran Lee. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.20:54
Corner taken by Matthew Lund.19:40
The ball is swung over by Alexander Diamond, Mathieu Smith takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.18:52
Lecsinel Jean-Francois produces a cross, Neill Collins takes a shot. Save made by Alex Cisak.18:06
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Chris Taylor. Free kick crossed by Stephen Quinn, clearance by Carl Winchester.17:28
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn, Alex Cisak makes a clearance.17:18
The ball is crossed by Chris Porter.13:55
Kieran Lee challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lecsinel Jean-Francois from left wing.10:15
Handball by Richard Cresswell. Alex Cisak takes the indirect free kick.7:53
Alexander Diamond concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. Neill Collins restarts play with the free kick.6:24
Matthew Lowton fouled by Reuben Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.5:00
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.3:38
Corner taken short by Stephen Quinn. Reuben Reid takes a shot. Save made by Alex Cisak. Centre by Stephen Quinn, save made by Alex Cisak.2:51
Corner from right by-line taken by Stephen Quinn.2:16
Dean Furman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery. Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.1:10
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Paul Black. Paul Black takes the free kick.0:00
The match gets underway.
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