James Wesolowski scored the only goal as Oldham beat Stevenage to earn their first win in seven league games.

The unmarked midfielder settled a scrappy game when he headed home Mike Petrasso's cross from eight yards.

Earlier, Stevenage's Jon Ashton headed against a post and Latics keeper Mark Oxley had to make several smart saves.

But Stevenage could not find a breakthrough and lost Ben Chorley to an 86th-minute red card for an off-the-ball clash with Jonson Clarke-Harris.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a fantastic performance because we got a clean sheet.

"We had one moment in the first half that was a bit scary where it hit the post but apart from that we were solid.

"If we were a little bit better at finishing maybe we could of won by more.

"There's always pressure because we feel that we're not in as high a position as we want, but this was a particularly big game."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I didn't think there was a deserved winner in the game, but obviously they got the one goal that won it in the first half.

"If you look at the two goalkeepers, they were both dramatically under worked. They got their goal, we hit the post, that aside the two goals weren't really threatened.

"They were determined to hang onto their lead and sat quite deep with their defence and made it quite difficult for us.

"I didn't see [Ben Chorley's sending off]. The footage isn't very clear of the incident, the players were adamant that the centre-forward had stamped. I can't comment, I don't know what went on."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Oxley Booked
  • 05 Kusunga
  • 12 Mellor
  • 08 Smith
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 03 Grounds
  • 20 Petrasso (Rooney - 89' )
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 14 Clarke-Harris (MacDonald - 89' )
  • 27 Philliskirk
  • 30 Harkins (Dayton - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Brown
  • 09 Rooney
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 17 Rodgers
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 19 Dayton
  • 29 Rachubka

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 06 Jones Booked (Andrade - 80' )
  • 29 Hartley
  • 02 Wedgbury (Doughty - 45' )
  • 04 Chorley Dismissed
  • 05 Ashton
  • 07 Morais
  • 13 Parrett
  • 19 Haber (Charles - 61' )
  • 12 Zoko
  • 15 Freeman

Substitutes

  • 09 Charles
  • 10 Burrow
  • 20 Smith
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 24 Doughty
  • 25 Andrade
  • 26 Smith
Ref: Steven Rushton
Att: 3,460

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

2 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

7 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +3:51

Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +3:02

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

90:00 +0:44

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

90:00 +0:13

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

89:17

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

89:17

Foul by Bruno Andrade (Stevenage).

88:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Charlie MacDonald replaces Johnson Clarke-Harris.

88:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Adam Rooney replaces Michael Petrasso.

87:32

Foul by Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic).

87:32

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Ben Chorley (Stevenage) is shown the red card for fighting.

80:38

Foul by Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic).

80:38

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Luke Jones.

78:17

Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).

78:17

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:01

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

76:49

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

75:18

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

75:18

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. James Dayton replaces Gary Harkins.

65:05

Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:05

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

62:01

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Korey Smith.

61:48

Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Darius Charles replaces Marcus Haber.

60:06

Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:06

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

58:09

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

56:00

Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:57

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

53:38

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

53:38

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:13

Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

51:22

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

49:51

Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

49:40

Attempt saved. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:34

Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Sam Wedgbury.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

44:30

Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).

44:30

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:38

Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

41:30

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

41:30

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:21

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:00

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

39:55

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage).

39:07

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

39:07

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage).

34:08

David Mellor (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:08

Foul by Marcus Haber (Stevenage).

28:48

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

28:48

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

27:36

Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:36

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

25:00

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

25:00

Foul by Marcus Haber (Stevenage).

21:48

Hand ball by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

19:14

Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:14

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

16:39

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

15:30

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

14:26

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

14:01

Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:01

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

12:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0. James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Petrasso with a cross.

10:57

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

9:21

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Genséric Kusunga.

8:20

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

7:35

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

6:48

James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:48

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

4:44

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

2:33

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

2:02

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Marcus Haber.

1:29

Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:29

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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