Matt Smith's double helped earn League One Oldham a shock win over Liverpool in a classic FA Cup fourth-round tie.

The hosts went ahead when Smith headed in Youssouf M'Changama's cross.

Liverpool skipper Luis Suarez was allowed to run at the Oldham defence as he squeezed in an equaliser.

But Smith took advantage of keeper Brad Jones's error and Reece Wabara scored a delightful back-post header as Oldham restored their advantage although Joe Allen's volley ensured a tense finish.

Steven Gerrard, who was brought on from the substitutes bench with 35 minutes remaining in attempt to turn the game around, hit the bar as nerves frayed at a wet and windy Boundary Park.

Smith's fragmented career

Matt Smith
  • Matt Smith had given up on professional football after being released by Cheltenham aged 18 and went on to gain a degree in International Management with American Studies from the University of Manchester.
  • While studying he played for the likes of Redditch United, Droylsden and Solihull Moors - where he was spotted by Oldham.

Yet Paul Dickov's side held on for a superb win over the seven-times winners on a weekend when Football League sides have caused upsets on all three days of the fourth round.

Oldham have been beset by financial problems in recent months, meaning manager Dickov has had to shed much of his coaching staff but his players produced a display which made a mockery of their lowly position in the third tier.

It also completed a fantastic response to their 5-1 defeat by the five-times European champions in the FA Cup third round last season.

Despite Gerrard's omission, Liverpool were not under-strength with Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling all starting in attack.

However, they were overshadowed in the opening exchanges by superb combination play between Smith and his strike partner Robbie Simpson, who bullied Liverpool centre-backs Sebastian Coates and Martin Skrtel.

They made their mark, sometimes literally, and 23-year-old Smith showed his intentions as early as the third minute with a well-taken goal.

Lee Croft mis-cued a shot from 20 yards but it found its way out to the left where M'Changama was given time to cross and Smith beat Coates to head in despite Skrtel's effort to clear off the line.

The tie continued its ferocious start when Raheem Sterling scythed down M'Changama and Simpson followed in on Reds keeper Jones after he spilled a shot.

But as much as Oldham were on the front foot, they were also slow to retreat and they gave Suarez plenty of space to equalise when he ran from his own half and squeezed the ball in after playing an inadvertent one-two with Oldham defender Cliff Byrne.

Sterling should have given Liverpool the lead before the half-hour mark when he breezed into the box but the 18-year-old shot straight at Latics keeper Dean Bouzanis.

Jose Baxter was showing some neat touches in midfield for the hosts but it was against the run of play when Oldham went ahead once more in first-half stoppage time, although it looked as though Sturridge may have been fouled in the build-up.

There looked no danger when Wabara weakly crossed the ball from the right, but Australian keeper Jones fumbled and Croft squared the ball to Smith who tapped in from close range.

Borini could have brought the visitors level again straight from the second-half kick-off when he scooped the ball over the bar and it became a crucial miss when Wabara excellently headed in Winchester's deep cross from the left.

That was enough for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to bring on Gerrard, and the Liverpool skipper made an instant impact as his team created several good chances.

Superb blocks from Byrne and Baxter denied the England midfielder and although Simpson shot wide as Coates continued to struggle with his presence, the visitors got a goal back from a corner when Allen volleyed in from the edge of the box via a deflection with 12 minutes remaining.

It looked as though it would prompt a late Liverpool surge, but as Oldham clung on they recorded yet another shock on a magical FA Cup weekend.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Oldham Athletic

  • 13 Bouzanis
  • 03 Grounds
  • 05 Mvoto
  • 16 Byrne
  • 23 Wabara Booked
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 07 Croft
  • 22 M'changama (Winchester - 10' )
  • 10 Simpson Booked (Taylor - 77' )
  • 14 Smith Booked (Mellor - 84' )
  • 20 Baxter

Substitutes

  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Brown
  • 26 Winchester
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 28 Sutherland
  • 29 Mellor
  • 19 Taylor

Liverpool

  • 01 Jones
  • 16 Coates
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 47 Wisdom (Gerrard - 55' )
  • 49 Robinson
  • 14 Henderson
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling Booked (Shelvey - 72' )
  • 07 Suarez
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 29 Borini (Downing - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 42 Gulacsi
  • 23 Carragher
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 19 Downing
  • 21 Lucas
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 30 Suso
Ref: Probert
Att: 10,295

Match Stats

Shots

13 20

On target

7 11

Corners

2 13

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:06 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:51

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

90:00 +5:08

Defending throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

90:00 +3:44

Defending throw-in by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool).

90:00 +3:17

Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

90:00 +2:47

Attacking throw-in by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool).

90:00 +1:52

Weak shot by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

90:00 +1:39

Defending throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

90:00 +0:54

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +0:25

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), resulting in open play.

89:45

Brilliant shot by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from right channel (30 yards),

89:23

Defending throw-in by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool).

88:39

Cross by Reece Wabara (Oldham), resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

87:15

Shot by Jack Robinson (Liverpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

86:37

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), save (caught) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

86:23

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) to centre, save (punched) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

86:09

Shot by Joe Allen (Liverpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by James Wesolowski (Oldham).

85:39

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) to near post, clearance by Carl Winchester (Oldham).

85:27

Shot by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Cliff Byrne (Oldham).

83:39

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) to far post, clearance by Cliff Byrne (Oldham).

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Oldham substitution: Matt Smith replaced by David Mellor (serious injury).

83:17

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Cliff Byrne (Oldham).

78:55

Assist by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area.

78:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Allen - Oldham 3 - 2 Liverpool Goal by Joe Allen (Liverpool) volleyed right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Oldham 3-2 Liverpool.

78:50

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) to centre, resulting in open play.

78:37

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

77:59

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

77:27

Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

76:53 Substitution

Substitution Oldham substitution: Robbie Simpson replaced by Daniel Taylor (tactical).

76:40

Shot by Robbie Simpson (Oldham) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

76:05

Shot by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

75:27

Attacking throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

74:59

Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

74:23

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

73:57

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

71:43

Free kick taken left-footed by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

71:43 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Raheem Sterling replaced by Jonjo Shelvey (tactical).

71:26 Booking

Booking Matt Smith (Oldham) booked for unsporting behaviour.

71:21

Foul by Matt Smith (Oldham) on Sebastian Coates (Liverpool).

70:49

Shot by Jose Baxter (Oldham) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

70:26

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

70:15

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

69:34

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

68:56

Defending throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

68:33

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) to centre, clearance by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

68:18

Defending throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

68:02

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool).

67:48

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (tipped round post) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

67:30

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), blocked by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham). Attacking throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

66:25

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Baxter. Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

65:56

Attacking throw-in by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

65:09

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

64:32

Attacking throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

63:45

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), save (caught) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

63:13

Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

62:15

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) to centre, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

62:06

Cross by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), blocked by Carl Winchester (Oldham).

61:46

Attacking throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

61:09

Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

60:36

Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

59:46

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:20

Cross by Joe Allen (Liverpool), comfortable save (caught) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

59:04

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Cliff Byrne.

57:18

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to centre, resulting in open play. Shot by Joe Allen (Liverpool) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by James Wesolowski (Oldham). Defending throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

56:45

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) to far post, resulting in open play.

56:33

Cross by Luis Suarez (Liverpool), blocked by Cliff Byrne (Oldham).

55:53

Weak shot by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) mishit left-footed from right channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

55:18

Attacking throw-in by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

54:42 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Fabio Borini replaced by Stewart Downing (tactical).

54:42 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Andre Wisdom replaced by Steven Gerrard (tactical).

52:28

Foul by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) on Matt Smith (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Baxter (Oldham) from right channel, header by Jean Yves Mvoto (Oldham) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

51:19

Shot by Jose Baxter (Oldham) lobbed right-footed from right channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

50:24

Cross by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

49:41

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham) on Andre Wisdom (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) from right wing, passed.

49:11

Foul by Lee Croft (Oldham) on Fabio Borini (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Jack Robinson (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

48:57

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

48:40

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

47:21

Assist (cross) by Carl Winchester (Oldham) from left wing.

47:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Reece Wabara - Oldham 3 - 1 Liverpool fantastic headed goal by Reece Wabara (Oldham) (top-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Oldham 3-1 Liverpool.

47:17

Cross by Carl Winchester (Oldham),

46:43

Goal kick taken short by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

45:54

Foul by Jack Robinson (Liverpool) on Robbie Simpson (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Baxter (Oldham) from right wing, resulting in open play.

45:18

Cross by Jack Robinson (Liverpool), weak shot by Fabio Borini (Liverpool) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +4:40 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +3:18

Assist (pass) by Lee Croft (Oldham) from right side of six-yard box.

45:00 +3:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Smith - Oldham 2 - 1 Liverpool Goal by Matt Smith (Oldham) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Oldham 2-1 Liverpool.

45:00 +3:02

Cross by Reece Wabara (Oldham), save (fumbled) by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

45:00 +1:52

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) to near post, clearance by Jose Baxter (Oldham).

45:00 +1:09

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) on Lee Croft (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:00 +0:48

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Brad Jones (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:00 +0:20

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham) to centre, clearance by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

44:28

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) on Matt Smith (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Baxter (Oldham) from left channel, header by Matt Smith (Oldham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped over) by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

43:58

Defending throw-in by Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

43:21

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

42:44

Defending throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

42:25

Cross by Robbie Simpson (Oldham), header by Jean Yves Mvoto (Oldham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

41:52

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jose Baxter (Oldham) to centre, clearance by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool).

41:44

Cross by Robbie Simpson (Oldham), blocked by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool).

41:08

Attacking throw-in by Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

40:48

Defending throw-in by Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

40:04

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

38:59

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

38:24

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool) on Carl Winchester (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

36:41

Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

35:41

Shot by Robbie Simpson (Oldham) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

35:00

Attacking throw-in by Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

34:37

Attacking throw-in by Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

32:54

Shot by Jose Baxter (Oldham) drilled right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

31:49

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

31:26

Attacking throw-in by Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

31:12

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto (Oldham).

30:34

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

29:57

Cross by Reece Wabara (Oldham), clearance by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool). Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

28:53

Shot by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

28:26

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

27:55

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

27:26

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

26:59

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

25:52

Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

24:37

Weak shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham).

22:49

Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) from left channel, resulting in open play. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

22:49 Booking

Booking Reece Wabara (Oldham) booked for unsporting behaviour.

22:42

Foul by Reece Wabara (Oldham) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

22:27

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

20:15

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) on Jean Yves Mvoto (Oldham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Baxter (Oldham) from left wing, clearance by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

19:37

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

19:29

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

19:07

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

18:26

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

17:45

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

16:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Oldham 1 - 1 Liverpool Goal by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Oldham 1-1 Liverpool.

16:02

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

14:37

Reece Wabara (Oldham) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Brad Jones (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.

14:25

Cross by Lee Croft (Oldham), blocked by Jack Robinson (Liverpool). Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

13:22

Foul by Jack Robinson (Liverpool) on Cliff Byrne (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

12:54

Brilliant shot by Jose Baxter (Oldham) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken short by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

12:00

Cliff Byrne (Oldham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

11:08

Foul by Jack Robinson (Liverpool) on Lee Croft (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Croft (Oldham) from right channel, passed.

10:55

Cross by Reece Wabara (Oldham), clearance by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool).

10:19

Foul by Fabio Borini (Liverpool) on Jose Baxter (Oldham). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Bouzanis (Oldham) from own half, resulting in open play.

10:01

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

9:29

Attacking throw-in by Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

9:29 Substitution

Substitution Oldham substitution: Youssouf M'Changama replaced by Carl Winchester (serious injury).

8:59

Foul by Matt Smith (Oldham) on Joe Allen (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

8:01

Free kick taken right-footed by Brad Jones (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

8:01 Booking

Booking Robbie Simpson (Oldham) booked for unsporting behaviour.

7:40

Foul by Robbie Simpson (Oldham) on Brad Jones (Liverpool).

7:21

Shot by Lee Croft (Oldham) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (fumbled) by Brad Jones (Liverpool).

5:10

Free kick taken left-footed by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham) from left wing, resulting in open play.

5:10 Booking

Booking Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) booked for unsporting behaviour.

5:01

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) on Youssouf M'Changama (Oldham).

4:38

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) to far post, clearance by Jean Yves Mvoto (Oldham).

4:24

Cross by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), clearance by Cliff Byrne (Oldham).

3:45

Attacking throw-in by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

3:24

Cross by Luis Suarez (Liverpool), clearance by Reece Wabara (Oldham).

1:58

Assist (cross) by Youssouf M'Changama (Oldham) from left wing.

1:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Smith - Oldham 1 - 0 Liverpool headed goal by Matt Smith (Oldham) (high centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Oldham 1-0 Liverpool.

1:52

Cross by Lee Croft (Oldham), resulting in open play. Cross by Youssouf M'Changama (Oldham),

1:34

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

0:58

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

0:47

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham).

0:06

Foul by Robbie Simpson (Oldham) on Joe Allen (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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