Walsall maintained their strong start to the season as James Baxendale's first-half strike made it three straight wins for the Saddlers.

Oldham thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Cristian Montano's shot appeared to strike a hand but the referee disagreed.

The hosts paid the price for failing to clear Adam Chambers' cross, allowing Baxendale to score from 10 yards.

Latics defender James Tarkowski saw two goalbound efforts blocked.

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Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We were poor in the first half and better in the second half. We had the majority of the ball in the second half but it didn't quite fall for us.

"It's three games in a week, and it's been an intense week, and it took us to take a punch on the nose before we could start coming back.

"It wasn't all bad - there were some good bits in there - but just not enough of them."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Oldham

  • 01 Oxley
  • 02 Brown
  • 03 Grounds
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 12 Mellor Booked (Byrne - 36' )
  • 08 Smith
  • 11 Montano (Schmeltz - 46' )
  • 19 Dayton (Rodgers - 75' )
  • 20 Baxter
  • 09 Rooney
  • 10 MacDonald

Substitutes

  • 25 Simpson
  • 16 Byrne
  • 32 Truelove
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 07 Schmeltz
  • 17 Rodgers
  • 21 Millar

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 14 Benning
  • 15 J Chambers
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 08 Mantom
  • 11 Hemmings Booked (Featherstone - 83' )
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 09 Lalkovic (Hewitt - 87' )
  • 10 Westcarr (Sawyers - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Lewis
  • 05 Holden
  • 02 Purkiss
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 24 Hewitt
Ref: Sutton
Att: 4,538

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

2 2

Corners

9 12

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:21 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:12

James Baxendale manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:55

Corner taken by Anton Rodgers.

90:00 +2:53

Centre by Jose Baxter.

90:00 +2:18

Corner taken by Romaine Sawyers from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:43

Corner taken by Romaine Sawyers from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:35

Troy Hewitt sends in a cross.

90:00 +0:04

Corner from the right by-line taken by Romaine Sawyers.

89:47

James Baxendale sends in a cross.

88:22

Centre by Jonathan Grounds.

86:28

Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

86:14 Substitution

Substitution Troy Hewitt comes on in place of Milan Lalkovic.

85:56

James Tarkowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Downing.

85:42

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

85:33

Corner taken by Anton Rodgers from the right by-line.

85:22

The ball is crossed by Cliff Byrne.

85:17

Clearance made by Paul Downing.

85:04

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line.

84:46

Centre by Cliff Byrne.

82:54 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Nicky Featherstone coming on for Ashley Hemmings.

80:37

Romaine Sawyers takes a shot.

79:52

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line.

79:51

Corner taken by Andy Butler from the right by-line.

79:30

Sidney Schmeltz takes a shot.

79:24

The ball is crossed by Anton Rodgers.

78:22

The ball is crossed by Connor Brown.

78:14

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

78:11

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

77:51

Korey Smith crosses the ball.

77:38

Richard O'Donnell manages to make a clearance.

77:33

Korey Smith sends in a cross.

75:44

Shot by Anton Rodgers. Richard O'Donnell safely holds on.

75:13

Mark Oxley restarts play with the free kick.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Anton Rodgers comes on in place of James Dayton.

74:36

Milan Lalkovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

74:32

Malvind Benning takes the free kick.

74:22

James Dayton challenges Ashley Hemmings unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:10

Cliff Byrne takes the free kick.

72:51

Ashley Hemmings goes into the referee's book.

72:51 Booking

Booking

72:45

Ashley Hemmings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton.

72:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Romaine Sawyers.

71:44

James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.

71:31

Corner taken by James Baxendale.

70:58 Substitution

Substitution Romaine Sawyers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Westcarr.

70:27

The ball is delivered by Craig Westcarr.

69:22

James Tarkowski gets a header at goal. Richard O'Donnell catches the ball.

69:02

Free kick crossed by James Dayton.

68:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Malvind Benning on Connor Brown.

67:50

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

67:31

The referee blows for offside against Charlie MacDonald.

66:32

Mark Oxley takes the free kick.

66:28

The referee blows for offside against Ashley Hemmings.

65:08

Clearance by Andy Butler.

65:02

Corner taken by James Dayton.

64:55

Clearance made by Malvind Benning.

64:48

Centre by Jose Baxter.

63:41

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

63:20

James Tarkowski restarts play with the free kick.

63:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Milan Lalkovic.

61:54

Clearance by Jonathan Grounds.

60:22

Clearance by Sam Mantom.

60:06

Jose Baxter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

58:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Malvind Benning on Charlie MacDonald.

57:17

Shot by Jose Baxter went over the net.

57:01

Shot by Sam Mantom.

56:49

Sidney Schmeltz delivers the ball.

55:40

Free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

55:35

Foul by Andy Butler on Charlie MacDonald, free kick awarded.

54:58

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Hemmings.

54:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Baxendale.

54:23

Craig Westcarr takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

53:33

Unfair challenge on Malvind Benning by Jose Baxter results in a free kick.

52:39

Korey Smith takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

52:11

Sidney Schmeltz sends in a cross.

52:07

Jose Baxter restarts play with the free kick.

51:59

Sam Mantom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton.

50:34

Sam Mantom manages to make a clearance.

50:31

A cross is delivered by Charlie MacDonald.

49:47

Shot by Sidney Schmeltz went over the bar.

49:37

James Dayton sends in a cross.

48:14

Richard O'Donnell makes a clearance.

48:11

Sidney Schmeltz produces a cross.

47:50

The ball is swung over by Connor Brown.

47:38

Mark Oxley restarts play with the free kick.

47:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Westcarr.

47:26

Malvind Benning crosses the ball in from the free kick.

47:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Dayton on Malvind Benning.

46:52

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot.

45:53

Ashley Hemmings delivers the ball.

45:37

Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Cristian Montano goes off and Sidney Schmeltz comes on.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:13

The ball is delivered by James Dayton.

45:00 +0:59

Charlie MacDonald takes a shot.

45:00 +0:10

James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:05

Ashley Hemmings delivers the ball.

43:59

Centre by Jose Baxter.

43:41

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line.

43:27

The ball is swung over by James Dayton.

42:34

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

42:08

Free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

41:59

Sam Mantom concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie MacDonald.

41:01

Header by Adam Rooney goes to the left of the goal.

40:45

Free kick crossed by Mark Oxley.

40:34

Milan Lalkovic is caught offside.

39:59

Shot by James Dayton went over.

38:32

Mark Oxley takes the free kick.

38:20

Craig Westcarr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cliff Byrne.

35:53 Substitution

Substitution David Mellor leaves the field to be replaced by Cliff Byrne.

34:45

Clearance made by Paul Downing.

34:39

The ball is sent over by Jose Baxter.

32:51

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

32:47

Jose Baxter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

32:24

Ashley Hemmings challenges Korey Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:18

Adam Rooney takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

31:08

A cross is delivered by Connor Brown.

28:52

Shot by Adam Rooney went wide left of the goal.

28:11

Andy Butler crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:48

Jose Baxter challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:52

James Baxendale makes a clearance.

26:43

Free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

26:29

Malvind Benning challenges Jose Baxter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:18

Malvind Benning has an effort at goal.

26:06

James Dayton has an effort at goal.

24:54

Assist by James Chambers.

24:54 Goal scored

Goal! - James Baxendale - Oldham 0 - 1 Walsall James Baxendale scores with their right foot. Oldham 0-1 Walsall.

24:42

Richard O'Donnell produces a cross.

23:40

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

23:28

The referee blows for offside against Adam Rooney.

21:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Hemmings.

20:42

Paul Downing makes a clearance.

20:35

Corner taken by James Dayton.

20:16

The ball is swung over by David Mellor.

18:50

Header by James Tarkowski misses left.

18:35

Jose Baxter restarts play with the free kick.

18:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Baxendale on Jose Baxter.

16:51

The ball is crossed by Charlie MacDonald.

16:19

Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

16:05

Charlie MacDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

15:09

David Mellor manages to make a clearance.

15:02

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.

14:49

A cross is delivered by Malvind Benning.

14:31

Malvind Benning makes a clearance.

14:26

Jonathan Grounds sends in a cross.

13:20

Cristian Montano delivers the ball.

13:03

James Tarkowski takes the free kick.

12:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on James Dayton.

12:34

Clearance by Adam Rooney.

12:19

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.

12:11

David Mellor manages to make a clearance.

11:48

Corner taken by James Baxendale from the left by-line.

9:09

Corner taken by James Dayton.

8:42

Jose Baxter crosses the ball.

6:51

Mark Oxley takes the free kick.

6:39

Connor Brown fouled by Sam Mantom, the ref awards a free kick.

5:49

Adam Chambers takes the free kick.

5:45

Jose Baxter is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

3:01

Free kick taken by James Baxendale.

2:26

David Mellor goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

2:26 Booking

Booking

2:19

David Mellor challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick.

1:43

The ball is crossed by Ashley Hemmings.

1:34

Clearance by James Tarkowski.

1:26

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.

1:16

Korey Smith makes a clearance.

0:55

Ashley Hemmings crosses the ball in from the free kick.

0:38

Korey Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milan Lalkovic.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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