Gary Harkins scored the only goal of the game as poor finishing and Lactics keeper Mark Oxley denied Gillingham.

The Gills missed a glorious chance to take the lead when Myles Weston went clean through but could not beat Oxley.

Harkins then put Lee Johnson's Oldham in front with a powerful shot from close range after being found by David Worrall's deep cross.

Jon Stead hit the post for the hosts before Oxley saved from Adebayo Akinfenwa and Cody McDonald.

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a good win because sometimes you have to dog-out wins like that.

"Gillingham came here and made it a very difficult game for us. Mark Oxley pulled out a couple of saves, but then we had some really good chances.

"They are all tough in League One and I was just pleased we kept going until the end."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"I can't believe we haven't won. We had a lot more chances than the opposition but their goalkeeper pulled off some wonderful saves.

"I don't think the players had a great deal of luck in front of goal.

"The second half in the week [against Sheffield United] was a disappointing second half and the players looked very tired. If two-and-a-half days later you're not going to take advantage of the squad, when are you going to take advantage of that?

"It probably means now that Peter Taylor has picked the wrong team because we lost the match but I don't think that was the case."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Oxley
  • 02 Brown (Dayton - 75' )
  • 03 Grounds
  • 04 Wesolowski Booked
  • 16 Wilson
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 28 Worrall
  • 15 Winchester (Dunfield - 74' )
  • 09 Stead
  • 27 Philliskirk (MacDonald - 81' )
  • 30 Harkins

Substitutes

  • 07 Dunfield
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 12 Mellor
  • 19 Dayton
  • 20 Kissock
  • 23 Turner
  • 29 Rachubka

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 29 Hewitt
  • 03 Martin
  • 12 Gregory
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 19 Smith
  • 31 Hessenthaler (McDonald - 59' )
  • 32 Pigott (Akinfenwa - 59' )
  • 27 Fagan Booked
  • 07 Whelpdale (Weston - 25' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Linganzi
  • 05 Davies
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 10 McDonald
  • 11 Weston
  • 18 Lee
  • 35 Baxter
Ref: Mike Russell
Att: 3,714

Match Stats

Shots

7 15

On target

3 8

Corners

7 8

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +5:03 Full time

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

90:00 +4:53

Attempt saved. Connor Smith (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +2:48

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Dayton.

90:00 +1:07

Attempt missed. Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

86:29

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

86:19

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

83:04

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

81:14

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:14

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic).

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Charlie MacDonald replaces Danny Philliskirk.

80:12

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

79:21

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

79:21

Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:07

Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).

76:07

Jon Stead (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:06

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:06

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

74:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. James Dayton replaces Connor Brown.

73:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Terry Dunfield replaces Carl Winchester.

72:26

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:11

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:31

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

67:31

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Connor Brown.

65:21

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Leon Legge.

65:03

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

63:48

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Wesolowski.

59:40

Craig Fagan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:40

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic).

58:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Joe Pigott.

58:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Cody McDonald replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

56:08

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Leon Legge.

55:18 Booking

Booking Craig Fagan (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

55:15

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

55:15

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:59 Booking

Booking James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

47:44

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

45:49

Foul by Joe Pigott (Gillingham).

45:49

Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Oldham Athletic 1, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

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

45:00 +1:15

Attempt saved. Connor Smith (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:01

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

43:57

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

41:00

Connor Smith (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:59

Foul by Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic).

40:40

Jon Stead (Oldham Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

39:31

Attempt missed. Joe Pigott (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

37:00

Craig Fagan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:59

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic).

36:00

Connor Smith (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:50

Foul by Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic).

32:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 1, Gillingham 0. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David Worrall.

30:42

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

30:26

Attempt saved. Connor Smith (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:07

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:37

Joe Pigott (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:37

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic).

24:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Chris Whelpdale because of an injury.

19:04

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

18:05

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

16:23

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

16:23

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:43

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

14:00

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:58

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

11:09

Attempt missed. Craig Fagan (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

10:05

Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

9:10

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

8:26

Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

5:48

Hand ball by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

4:00

Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

3:32

Attempt saved. Connor Smith (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

2:30

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

2:11

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Leon Legge.

0:21

Foul by Joe Pigott (Gillingham).

0:21

Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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