Wolves made light of torrential rain at Molineux to see off Oldham Athletic and move within three points of the top of League One.

Second-half strikes from James Henry and Leigh Griffiths both owed much to almost unplayable conditions.

Latics keeper Mark Oxley spilled Bakary Sako's low cross into the path of Henry, who unwittingly prodded in.

  • The gate of 15,959 at Molineux was the lowest for a league game since 15,105 turned up to watch Wolves' 4-0 Sunday afternoon victory over Norwich City in the latter days of Colin Lee's reign in September 2000

Jonathan Grounds then slipped as he tried to cut out Sako's pass, allowing Griffiths to coolly run on and score.

The Wolves top scorer's low left-foot shot slid in off the right post for his ninth goal of the campaign.

Despite the disappointment of playing in front of their lowest league crowd in 13 years, Wolves closed the gap on joint leaders Leyton Orient and Peterborough United to three points, with a game in hand.

In a first half ruined by a freakish storm, Oldham wasted their best chance when Cristian Montano ballooned a header over.

Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme then saved from Montano after the break before Danny Philliskirk powered a fierce shot just over.

But Griffiths should have made it three, running clear late on, only to slide his shot just wide.

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"Sako has contributed well to the season so far. He made some telling assists which helped us take the points. I don't think anyone can question his commitment when he has worn the Wolves shirt.

"We have lost one game in 12 now. That is keeping us in touch with the pace at the top of the table.

"The top two have had a fantastic run. In the end you do have to concentrate on your own team and your own result. But everybody looks at the other results.

"And, when you see Coventry beat Orient 3-1, it puts Saturday into perspective. It shows it was a good performance against Coventry on Saturday when we might have just edged it between two good teams."

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We had six or seven that I thought were fantastic tonight and they deserve to be towards the top end of the table. The others have got to come with us and come with the group.

"Everybody's giving it 100% but sometimes it's a bit of experience, bravery and handling the occasion. We were unlucky but we go again."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 02 Doherty (Stearman - 38' )
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 19 Price
  • 06 Batth
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 07 Henry
  • 14 Evans (Edwards - 88' )
  • 09 Griffiths (Doyle - 92' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 10 Sako

Substitutes

  • 04 Edwards
  • 05 Stearman
  • 12 Forde
  • 15 Sigurdarson
  • 21 Ismail
  • 29 Doyle
  • 31 McCarey

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Oxley
  • 05 Kusunga
  • 23 Mills (Mellor - 62' )
  • 08 Smith
  • 03 Grounds Booked
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 19 Dayton (Rooney - 56' )
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 27 Philliskirk
  • 11 Montaño Booked
  • 15 Winchester (Clarke-Harris - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Schmeltz
  • 09 Rooney
  • 12 Mellor
  • 14 Clarke-Harris
  • 17 Rodgers
  • 21 Millar
  • 29 Rachubka
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 15,959

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

6 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:54

Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +2:47

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

90:00 +1:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Leigh Griffiths.

89:07

Attempt saved. Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

87:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Lee Evans.

87:39

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:39

Foul by Adam Rooney (Oldham Athletic).

84:53

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:22

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

83:27

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

82:42

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

82:07

Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:42

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

81:31

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

76:46

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

76:46

James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:13 Booking

Booking Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

72:10

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:10

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic).

71:21

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:21

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

69:24

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

69:16

Attempt saved. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

68:04

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

68:04

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:50

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

66:50

David Mellor (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako.

64:30

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

63:51

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:51

Foul by David Mellor (Oldham Athletic).

62:44

Attempt blocked. Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. David Mellor replaces Joseph Mills.

59:11

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

57:46

Attempt missed. Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

57:14

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Danny Batth.

57:08

Attempt blocked. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

55:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Adam Rooney replaces James Dayton.

55:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Johnson Clarke-Harris replaces Carl Winchester.

54:00

Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:56

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

49:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Oldham Athletic 0. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako.

47:59

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

47:26

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

46:30

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

45:43

Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Oldham Athletic 0.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Oldham Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:11

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

45:00 +0:37

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

45:00 +0:28

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

40:51

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

40:51

Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:15

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

39:15

James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Richard Stearman replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.

33:18

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:18

Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).

31:43

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:43

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic).

31:20

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

31:20

Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:28

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

29:28

Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:22

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

28:22

Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:50

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

26:33

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

26:26

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

25:38

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:38

Foul by Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic).

23:36

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

23:04

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

22:58

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:52

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

18:09

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Danny Batth.

17:55

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

17:55

Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:25

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

10:11

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

10:11

James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:00

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:59

Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).

1:01

Attempt blocked. James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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