League One strugglers Oldham Athletic produced a stunning second-half fightback to send Championship side Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup.

Matt Smith turned the ball into his own net to gift Forest a first-half lead.

But Robbie Simpson followed up a brilliant 25-yard strike with a deft header to make it 2-1 to the Latics.

Jose Baxter's stunning free-kick, after Danny Collins was sent off, secured a sensational victory despite Billy Sharp's late strike.

Oldham, 19th in League One and just five points above the relegation zone, fully deserved their incredible win, which puts them into the fourth round for the first time in five years and leaves new Forest manager Alex McLeish still seeking a first win after three games in charge.

And it was not as if the Scot had selected a weak side, no doubt mindful of the need to win over Forest fans still angered and confused by Sean O'Driscoll's sacking.

Oldham, helped by an injury to Reds midfielder Andy Reid just before the break, simply blew away their hosts and made a mockery of a miserable run which has seen them lose four of their last five games.

It had started well enough for Forest who had failed to score in their last five games against the Latics. That record was soon forgotten as they took the lead after 13 minutes.

The visitors had defended well in the early exchanges but they trailed when Smith, under pressure from Simon Cox following a dangerous Reid free-kick, saw the ball rebound off him past goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis from six yards.

Forest began to dominate possession and territory and although they struggled to create many clear chances before the interval, the Championship side's superior attacking quality meant they always looked dangerous.

A lucky omen?

Oldham crushed their east Midlands opponents 5-1 in their only previous FA Cup contest, a second-round encounter in February 1913. The Latics went on to reach the semi-finals that year.

Dexter Blackstock could not find a finish after going through on goal and being forced wide by Bouzanis, and Radoslaw Majewski was only just wide with a fizzing long-range strike.

Oldham's only noteworthy opportunity saw Baxter curl a fine free-kick a fraction wide.

But how things changed after the break. Oldham, previously so cautious, piled men forward and overran their hosts - much to the delight of a noisy away support of just under 3000.

They controlled the midfield, Smith posed countless problems up front and the team played with a confidence and intensity that Forest could not match.

Simpson's 25-yard strike levelled the scores and the same player looped a brilliant header over goalkeeper Lee Camp from Dean Furman's perfect far-post cross to make it 2-1.

Forest's capitulation was complete within moments when Collins was sent off for pulling down Smith as the striker ran through on goal and Baxter's fine free-kick easily beat Camp to increase the lead to two goals.

An increasingly hostile home crowd watched on as the Reds tried to salvage something but Oldham were rarely troubled. All Forest could muster was a hooked strike from Sharp into the far corner deep into stoppage time.

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish:

"We were woeful in the second half. We were sloppy in everything we did and paid the penalty for it.

"We warned the players at half-time that they had to be professional in the second half but we had to be a lot better than that.

"We gave the ball away cheaply, didn't close them down quickly enough and it was all very half-hearted. Their big lad up front [Smith] caused mayhem in the second half and we didn't deal with it. Our centre-halves had to be ugly and rugged to deal with the threat.

"I was pretty pleased with the first-half performance but we looked a little bit frightened after the break. We allowed them to press us and it unnerved us. Why the players allowed that to happen is a mystery to me."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins Dismissed
  • 15 Halford
  • 18 Moloney
  • 04 Gillett
  • 08 Cohen
  • 11 Reid (McGugan - 37' )
  • 28 Majewski (Sharp - 66' )
  • 19 Cox
  • 23 Blackstock

Substitutes

  • 31 Evtimov
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 06 Moussi
  • 10 McGugan
  • 14 Greening
  • 22 Lansbury
  • 24 Sharp

Oldham

  • 13 Bouzanis
  • 03 Grounds Booked
  • 05 Mvoto
  • 16 Byrne
  • 23 Wabara
  • 07 Croft (Millar - 90' )
  • 08 Furman Booked
  • 22 M'changama
  • 10 Simpson (Taylor - 81' )
  • 14 Smith
  • 20 Baxter

Substitutes

  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Brown
  • 26 Winchester
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 29 Mellor
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 Millar
Ref: East
Att: 11,293

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

6 5

Corners

10 3

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:43 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:08

The assist for the goal came from Chris Cohen.

90:00 +4:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Sharp - Nott'm For 2 - 3 Oldham A goal is scored by Billy Sharp from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2-3 Oldham.

90:00 +1:34

Jose Baxter takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:34 Substitution

Substitution Kirk Millar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Croft.

90:00 +1:34

Simon Cox challenges Lee Croft unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:00

Chris Cohen delivers the ball, Dean Bouzanis makes a save.

86:58

Effort on goal by Billy Sharp from 18 yards. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

84:26

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen.

84:13

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Cliff Byrne gets a block in.

82:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft from the right by-line, Header by Jonathan Grounds from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

82:31

Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

80:33 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Taylor comes on in place of Robbie Simpson.

78:11

Simon Gillett fouled by Lee Croft, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Cohen, Robbie Simpson makes a clearance.

77:51

Chris Cohen takes the inswinging corner, Jonathan Grounds makes a clearance.

76:48

The ball is swung over by Chris Cohen, save by Dean Bouzanis.

75:01

Corner taken right-footed by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Robbie Simpson.

74:22

Free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.

74:22 Booking

Booking Dean Furman receives a caution.

74:15

Dean Furman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Harding.

72:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Sharp. Cliff Byrne restarts play with the free kick.

72:14

Dean Furman produces a cross.

71:03

Corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line to the near post, Jonathan Grounds manages to make a clearance.

70:03

Matt Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

69:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Sharp on Reece Wabara. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.

69:05

Foul by Lee Croft on Brendan Moloney, free kick awarded. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

66:23

Corner taken by Chris Cohen played to the near post, Robbie Simpson makes a clearance.

65:05 Substitution

Substitution Billy Sharp replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

60:13

The assist for the goal came from Matt Smith.

60:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Baxter - Nott'm For 1 - 3 Oldham Jose Baxter scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-3 Oldham.

59:08 Dismissal

Dismissal Danny Collins receives a red card for professional foul.

58:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Collins on Matt Smith.

58:40

Robbie Simpson takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

57:17

Dean Furman provided the assist for the goal.

57:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Simpson - Nott'm For 1 - 2 Oldham Robbie Simpson scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Nottm Forest 1-2 Oldham.

55:25

Radoslaw Majewski concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Grounds. Jose Baxter takes the direct free kick.

53:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Simpson - Nott'm For 1 - 1 Oldham Robbie Simpson finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-1 Oldham.

49:28

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, save made by Dean Bouzanis.

49:08

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Robbie Simpson.

48:02

Centre by Reece Wabara, Lee Camp makes a save.

46:27

Effort on goal by Jose Baxter from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:18 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:15

Centre by Lee Croft, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Jose Baxter goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

45:00 +1:11

Brendan Moloney concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Smith. Jose Baxter delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Brendan Moloney makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:18

Centre by Jonathan Grounds, Matt Smith has a header from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

43:08

Shot from outside the box by Jose Baxter goes wide right of the target.

42:07

Cliff Byrne fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.

41:41

Foul by Robbie Simpson on Danny Collins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brendan Moloney.

40:05

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen, Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Robbie Simpson makes a clearance.

39:32

Inswinging corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line played to the near post, Matt Smith manages to make a clearance.

39:24

A cross is delivered by Radoslaw Majewski, Reece Wabara makes a clearance.

38:05

Cliff Byrne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox. Strike comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick.

36:05

Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Cohen, save by Dean Bouzanis.

36:05 Substitution

Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Lewis McGugan coming on for Andy Reid.

36:05 Booking

Booking Booking for Jonathan Grounds.

35:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Jonathan Grounds.

32:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Jose Baxter. Strike comes in from Jose Baxter from the free kick.

31:11

Simon Gillett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson. Direct free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

29:52

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line to the near post, save by Dean Bouzanis.

29:19

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

27:42

Radoslaw Majewski has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

27:27

A cross is delivered by Andy Reid.

25:08

Lee Croft crosses the ball, Brendan Moloney makes a clearance.

23:48

Radoslaw Majewski has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

19:33

Foul by Chris Cohen on Dean Furman, free kick awarded. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.

18:44

Unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski by Jonathan Grounds results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Reid.

16:43

Chris Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf M'Changama. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.

16:25

The ball is delivered by Andy Reid.

15:41

Jose Baxter fouled by Radoslaw Majewski, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jose Baxter, Dan Harding makes a clearance.

12:43

Assist on the goal came from Andy Reid.

12:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Smith - Nott'm For 1 - 0 Oldham An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Matt Smith. Nottm Forest 1-0 Oldham.

11:44

Unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock by Jean Yves Mvoto results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.

7:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Baxter on Greg Halford. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

7:04

Foul by Youssouf M'Changama on Radoslaw Majewski, free kick awarded. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.

6:38

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft from the left by-line, Lee Camp makes a save.

6:27

Youssouf M'Changama delivers the ball, clearance made by Danny Collins.

5:43

Foul by Greg Halford on Matt Smith, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

4:04

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft from the left by-line, save by Lee Camp.

3:35

The offside flag is raised against Dexter Blackstock. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

2:52

Andy Reid has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

0:35

The referee blows for offside against Dexter Blackstock. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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