Joe Walsh's early goal proved enough to extend Crawley's unbeaten run to five games by overcoming Oldham.

Welsh got the only goal of the game on seven minutes with a close-range effort after Oldham failed to clear a corner.

The visitors threatened an equaliser through former Crawley striker Charlie MacDonald but he was denied by Red Devils keeper Paul Jones.

MacDonald was unfortunate again after the interval when he headed against the crossbar but Crawley hung on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town assistant manager Anthony Williams told BBC Sussex:

"We created enough chances to win the game and we ran our luck at times today.

"But that's three points today when for the last two weeks they have been draws. It's a compliment to the way we've been playing and it's pleasing to get the points.

"Oldham are a good side and they worked hard and closed us down and we couldn't play through midfield today as we normally do.

"So there are different ways of winning football games and they've shown we can get clean sheets."

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We should have come away with something.

"We've created four of the best chances you'll see and not stuck them in. You'll probably see better finishing from a Sunday league side.

"It was one of those days. Charlie MacDonald has come in and held his hands up because he probably should have had a hat-trick. They had a couple of chances as well but that was when we were going for the game.

"Such is life. We have to dig in deep and come out fighting again next week."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 11 Simpson
  • 12 Walsh Booked
  • 07 Clarke (Torres - 87' )
  • 10 Drury (Hurst - 81' )
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 M Jones
  • 20 Sinclair (Proctor - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 02 Hurst
  • 04 Connolly
  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 18 Rooney
  • 14 Proctor

Oldham

  • 01 Oxley
  • 03 Grounds
  • 06 Tarkowski Booked
  • 18 Lanzoni Booked
  • 23 Mills
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 08 Smith
  • 17 Rodgers Booked (Schmeltz - 46' )
  • 19 Dayton (Philliskirk - 72' )
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 14 Clarke-Harris (Rooney - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Rachubka
  • 15 Winchester
  • 24 Joksts
  • 07 Schmeltz
  • 09 Rooney
  • 21 Millar
  • 27 Philliskirk
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 3,142

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

2 2

Corners

4 6

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:32 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:13

Free kick taken by Mark Oxley.

90:00 +3:06

Nicky Adams is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

90:00 +1:06

Michael Jones takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:38

The referee cautions Matteo Lanzoni for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:38 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor by Matteo Lanzoni.

88:36

Free kick taken by Mark Oxley.

88:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicky Adams.

88:08

Nicky Adams takes a shot. A parry by Mark Oxley prevents the goal.

87:36

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joseph Mills.

86:48

Mark Oxley takes the free kick.

86:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Proctor on Jonathan Grounds.

86:33

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

86:20 Substitution

Substitution Billy Clarke leaves the field to be replaced by Sergio Torres.

85:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Mat Sadler.

85:14

Header at goal by James Tarkowski misses left of the target.

85:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Mills.

84:40

Korey Smith takes a shot.

83:34

Nicky Adams takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

82:00

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

81:52

Adam Rooney challenges Kyle McFadzean unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:50 Substitution

Substitution James Hurst replaces Andy Drury.

78:25

Jamie Proctor manages to make a clearance.

78:15

Free kick crossed by Joseph Mills.

77:54

Foul by Jamie Proctor on James Wesolowski, free kick awarded.

75:08

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

74:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Rooney.

72:22

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

72:14

Adam Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler.

71:51 Substitution

Substitution Danny Philliskirk is brought on as a substitute for James Dayton.

71:29

Corner taken by Andy Drury.

70:59

Shot by Billy Clarke.

70:46

Centre by Nicky Adams.

67:07

Billy Clarke takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:13 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Proctor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emile Sinclair.

63:37

Josh Simpson manages to make a clearance.

63:22

Joseph Mills crosses the ball in from the free kick.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Jonson Clarke-Harris leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Rooney.

62:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Dayton by Josh Simpson.

60:59

Joseph Mills restarts play with the free kick.

60:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Sinclair on Joseph Mills.

58:01

Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

57:54

James Dayton handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

57:43

Clearance made by Andy Drury.

57:38

Sidney Schmeltz restarts play with the free kick.

56:58

Josh Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonson Clarke-Harris.

55:40

Mark Oxley restarts play with the free kick.

55:33

Josh Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton.

53:22

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jonson Clarke-Harris. Dannie Bulman gets a block in.

52:41 Booking

Booking

52:41

Caution for Joe Walsh.

52:33

Joe Walsh challenges Sidney Schmeltz unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:48

Header at goal by Charlie MacDonald hits the bar.

48:26

The ball is swung over by Joseph Mills.

47:10

Shot by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

45:46

Free kick taken by Josh Simpson.

45:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Joseph Mills.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Sidney Schmeltz comes on in place of Anton Rodgers.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:40

Free kick taken by Jonathan Grounds.

43:33

Michael Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton.

42:19

Emile Sinclair takes a brilliant shot and went wide of the right hand post.

41:42

Anton Rodgers takes the free kick.

41:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonson Clarke-Harris by Joe Walsh.

40:30

Shot by Andy Drury missed to the right of the net.

40:12

Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

40:05

James Dayton concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Drury.

38:07

Emile Sinclair takes a shot and bounced off the post.

35:21

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

35:11

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris on Mat Sadler, free kick awarded.

34:05

Emile Sinclair manages to make a clearance.

34:00

Corner taken by Anton Rodgers.

33:32

Header by Charlie MacDonald hits the post.

33:29

Centre by Joseph Mills.

32:51

Anton Rodgers restarts play with the free kick.

32:41

Jonson Clarke-Harris fouled by Mat Sadler, the ref awards a free kick.

30:57

The ball is sent over by Joseph Mills.

30:00

Clearance made by Emile Sinclair.

29:31

Joseph Mills crosses the ball in from the free kick.

29:21

Jonson Clarke-Harris fouled by Josh Simpson, the ref awards a free kick.

28:46

Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

28:33

James Tarkowski goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

28:33 Booking

Booking

28:23

Foul by James Tarkowski on Billy Clarke, free kick awarded.

27:31

Billy Clarke takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

25:38

Free kick taken by Mark Oxley.

25:31

Foul by Dannie Bulman on Jonson Clarke-Harris, free kick awarded.

25:13

Jonson Clarke-Harris manages to make a clearance.

25:04

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

24:34

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

24:14

Anton Rodgers is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

24:14 Booking

Booking

24:07

Michael Jones fouled by Anton Rodgers, the ref awards a free kick.

23:41

Charlie MacDonald takes a shot. Paul Jones parries the ball away.

23:03

Nicky Adams takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

22:56

James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.

22:45

Free kick crossed by Mat Sadler.

22:10

Unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Joseph Mills results in a free kick.

21:10

Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

21:07

The referee blows for offside.

20:17

Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

20:09

Matteo Lanzoni challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick.

19:56

Free kick taken by Joseph Mills.

19:50

The offside flag is raised against Emile Sinclair.

19:05

Shot by Billy Clarke went wide right of the net.

17:25

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

16:57

The official flags Charlie MacDonald offside.

16:11

Matteo Lanzoni makes a clearance.

16:06

Corner taken by Mat Sadler.

13:24

Michael Jones takes a fantastic shot and went wide left of the net.

12:41

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

12:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Tarkowski.

12:21

Josh Simpson manages to make a clearance.

12:12

Corner taken by Anton Rodgers.

11:41

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Mills.

11:00

Corner taken by Anton Rodgers.

7:10

Free kick crossed by Joseph Mills.

6:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonson Clarke-Harris by Michael Jones.

6:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Walsh - Crawley 1 - 0 Oldham Joe Walsh slots the ball left footed into the goal. Crawley Town 1-0 Oldham.

5:09

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Drury.

3:48

Free kick taken by Josh Simpson.

3:39

Foul by James Wesolowski on Andy Drury, free kick awarded.

1:07

Mark Oxley takes the free kick.

1:00

Emile Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Tarkowski.

0:38

Dannie Bulman takes the free kick.

0:31

James Dayton challenges Kyle McFadzean unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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