Walsall lost to Oldham after Alex Nicholls missed an injury-time penalty.

Filipe Morais smashed a shot in off the crossbar to give the Latics an early lead, while Florent Cuvelier hit a post with a fierce drive for the visitors.

Robbie Simpson extended the lead with a smart volley after some neat control, and Cuvelier pulled one back thanks to keeper Alex Cisak's error.

But Cisak made amends at the death when he saved Nicholls' spot kick after Will Grigg was fouled by Jean Mvoto.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester:

"The last two weeks as a group we've done a lot of talking and training and for the majority of the game it worked.

"When you're ahead in games, when you're on top you have to do the simple things right and that's what got us 2-0 up but then we stopped doing it.

"We scored our goals by getting our wide players in the game and I think Keanu [Marsh-Brown] did ever so well for his first 90 minutes.

"I know it's me being daft and stupid but we've got 20 games left and I want to try and win every single game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Oldham

  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Mvoto
  • 03 Black
  • 16 Tarkowski
  • 19 Lee
  • 07 Morais
  • 11 Adeyemi
  • 18 Taylor
  • 30 Marsh-Brown
  • 10 Simpson Booked
  • 32 Kuqi Booked (Parker - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bouzanis
  • 26 Winchester
  • 17 Parker
  • 29 Mellor
  • 14 Smith

Walsall

  • 21 Grof
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 06 Smith (Lancashire - 46' )
  • 12 Beevers
  • 07 Chambers Booked
  • 14 Taundry (Bowerman - 65' )
  • 15 Paterson
  • 25 Cuvelier
  • 08 Jarvis (Grigg - 65' )
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 05 Lancashire
  • 11 Hurst
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 09 Grigg
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 2,583

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

4 3

Corners

1 5

Fouls

11 23

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:28

Corner taken right-footed by Florent Cuvelier from the right by-line, comfortable save by Alex Cisak.

90:00 +4:18 Penalty

Placed penalty taken by Alex Nicholls saved by Alex Cisak. Oldham 2-1 Walsall.

90:00 +3:23

Penalty awarded for a foul by Jean Yves Mvoto on Will Grigg.

90:00 +1:54

The ball is delivered by Kieran Lee, Oliver Lancashire makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:04

Foul by Oliver Lancashire on Robbie Simpson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by James Tarkowski.

90:00 +0:20

Effort on goal by Alex Nicholls from just inside the area clears the bar.

90:00 +0:04

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

89:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Black by Lee Beevers. Robbie Simpson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, David Grof makes a comfortable save.

87:53

Jamie Paterson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Adeyemi. Free kick taken by James Tarkowski.

87:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Beevers on Robbie Simpson. Free kick taken by Paul Black.

85:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson by Adam Chambers. Free kick taken by Robbie Simpson.

84:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on Tom Adeyemi. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick.

83:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Robbie Simpson. David Grof takes the free kick.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Josh Parker comes on in place of Shefki Kuqi.

80:09

Corner taken by Robbie Simpson played to the near post, clearance made by Mat Sadler.

79:53

Chris Taylor crosses the ball.

78:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson by Oliver Lancashire. Indirect free kick taken by James Tarkowski.

78:45

Florent Cuvelier takes a shot. Blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto.

77:22

Shefki Kuqi fouled by Oliver Lancashire, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Robbie Simpson.

76:13

Filipe Morais has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

76:06

The ball is crossed by Shefki Kuqi.

74:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Cuvelier on Chris Taylor. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

74:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Keanu Marsh-Brown. Oliver Lancashire restarts play with the free kick.

73:24

Assist by Will Grigg.

73:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Florent Cuvelier - Oldham 2 - 1 Walsall Florent Cuvelier fires in a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Oldham 2-1 Walsall.

72:45

George Bowerman is ruled offside. Alex Cisak takes the indirect free kick.

72:34

Shefki Kuqi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David Grof.

71:43

Shefki Kuqi produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

69:11

Jamie Paterson takes the outswinging corner, Alex Cisak makes a save.

65:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Black by Will Grigg. Direct free kick taken by Paul Black.

64:05

Indirect free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

64:05 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Will Grigg.

64:05 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry goes off and George Bowerman comes on.

64:05

Chris Taylor fouled by Florent Cuvelier, the ref awards a free kick.

63:03

David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

63:03 Booking

Booking The referee books Shefki Kuqi for unsporting behaviour.

62:49

The referee blows for offside against Shefki Kuqi.

61:20

Corner taken right-footed by Richard Taundry from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Oliver Lancashire from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

61:12

Alex Nicholls delivers the ball, James Tarkowski gets a block in.

60:54

Jean Yves Mvoto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jarvis. Jamie Paterson takes the indirect free kick.

60:32

Centre by Richard Taundry, Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. Alex Cisak makes a save.

59:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson by Florent Cuvelier. Paul Black takes the free kick.

58:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Nicholls. Alex Cisak takes the indirect free kick.

58:21

Filipe Morais is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

56:16

Ryan Jarvis is ruled offside. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick.

49:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson by Andy Butler. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Robbie Simpson, clearance made by Andy Butler.

48:23

Inswinging corner taken by Richard Taundry, Foul by Oliver Lancashire on Alex Cisak, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

47:57

Richard Taundry crosses the ball, James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.

47:41

Short corner worked by Richard Taundry.

47:19

Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. James Tarkowski gets a block in.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Oliver Lancashire coming on for Emmanuele Smith.

45:00 +2:25 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:03

The ball is sent over by Richard Taundry.

45:00

The ball is delivered by Paul Black, Robbie Simpson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

43:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuele Smith on Robbie Simpson. Strike on goal comes in from Robbie Simpson from the free kick.

42:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson by Andy Butler. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Simpson.

41:18

Tom Adeyemi takes a shot. Andy Butler gets a block in.

40:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Keanu Marsh-Brown. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.

38:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by James Tarkowski. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Richard Taundry from right wing.

38:07

Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

38:07 Booking

Booking Robbie Simpson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

37:38

Centre by Keanu Marsh-Brown, Robbie Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Chambers.

36:09

Free kick taken by James Tarkowski.

36:09 Booking

Booking Caution for Adam Chambers.

36:02

Chris Taylor fouled by Adam Chambers, the ref awards a free kick.

34:41

Unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by Robbie Simpson results in a free kick. Richard Taundry delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

34:00

Paul Black produces a cross, Shefki Kuqi takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

31:43

Robbie Simpson fouled by Emmanuele Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tarkowski.

31:32

Mat Sadler sends in a cross, Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

30:28

Assist on the goal came from Tom Adeyemi.

30:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Simpson - Oldham 2 - 0 Walsall Robbie Simpson fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oldham 2-0 Walsall.

30:28

The ball is swung over by Tom Adeyemi,

29:53

The ball is swung over by Filipe Morais, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

29:18

The ball is sent over by Keanu Marsh-Brown.

28:42

Unfair challenge on Kieran Lee by Ryan Jarvis results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

27:50

James Tarkowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jarvis. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Taundry from left channel, clearance made by Shefki Kuqi.

27:18

A cross is delivered by Paul Black, Robbie Simpson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

23:57

Unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by Robbie Simpson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Richard Taundry, Shefki Kuqi manages to make a clearance.

20:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Taylor by Florent Cuvelier. Centre by Robbie Simpson, Headed effort on goal by Jean Yves Mvoto from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

19:08

Effort on goal by Tom Adeyemi from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

17:35

Adam Chambers sends in a cross, Jamie Paterson challenges Tom Adeyemi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Cisak takes the indirect free kick.

16:36

The offside flag is raised against Robbie Simpson. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

16:20

The ball is delivered by Jamie Paterson, blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto.

15:21

Tom Adeyemi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

14:47

Mat Sadler challenges Shefki Kuqi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

11:05

Shefki Kuqi takes a shot. Save made by David Grof.

10:27

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David Grof.

9:31

Effort from outside the penalty box by Richard Taundry goes wide right of the goal.

8:16

Filipe Morais sends in a cross, save made by David Grof.

7:12

Unfair challenge on Richard Taundry by Tom Adeyemi results in a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the indirect free kick.

6:07

The ball is delivered by Jamie Paterson, Effort from the edge of the area by Florent Cuvelier strikes the post.

4:00

Robbie Simpson fouled by Adam Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Simpson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Lee Beevers.

1:13

Assist on the goal came from Robbie Simpson.

1:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Filipe Morais - Oldham 1 - 0 Walsall A goal is scored by Filipe Morais from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Oldham 1-0 Walsall.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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