Preston kept their League One automatic promotion hopes alive thanks to two Joe Garner strikes at 10-man Oldham.

Chris Humphrey's deflected shot gave the visitors the lead, and he later set up Garner for a two-yard tap-in.

Gary Harkins lashed into the top corner from 12 yards for the Latics.

Jonson Clarke-Harris then saw red for handling Garner's shot on the line and, although the striker's penalty was saved, he did score with a dipping strike from 20 yards out late on.

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We were in the game when it was too late and it's not good, it's not good to watch.

"We had no choice but to get our head down.

"When you're up against the top side in the division, you have to make sure you're having a good day and for some reason the confidence looked a little low on the basics really."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Oxley
  • 02 Brown
  • 12 Mellor
  • 08 Smith
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 03 Grounds
  • 28 Worrall Booked (Kissock - 79' )
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 10 MacDonald (Turner - 80' )
  • 27 Philliskirk (Clarke-Harris - 58' Dismissed )
  • 30 Harkins Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Dunfield
  • 14 Clarke-Harris
  • 15 Winchester
  • 16 Wilson
  • 20 Kissock
  • 23 Turner
  • 29 Rachubka

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 32 Wiseman
  • 03 Laird
  • 37 Kilkenny (Brownhill - 81' )
  • 05 Clarke
  • 22 King
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 02 Keane
  • 17 Davies (Beavon - 81' )
  • 14 Garner (Davies - 88' )
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 27 Hume
  • 30 Brownhill
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 6,698

Match Stats

Shots

11 19

On target

8 11

Corners

5 5

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Preston North End 3.

90:00 +3:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Preston North End 3.

90:00 +2:34

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:34

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jack King.

90:00 +1:13

John Kissock (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:13

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

89:09

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

87:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Joe Garner.

87:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 1, Preston North End 3. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.

85:00

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left.

84:12

Foul by Rhys Turner (Oldham Athletic).

84:12

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:29

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

82:15

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

81:25

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

80:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Neil Kilkenny.

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Craig Davies.

79:50

Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:50

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

79:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Rhys Turner replaces Charlie MacDonald.

79:10

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

78:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. John Kissock replaces David Worrall.

77:37

Penalty saved! Joe Garner (Preston North End) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top left corner.

77:18 Dismissal

Dismissal Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) is shown the red card for hand ball.

77:14

Penalty conceded by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

76:46

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

75:55

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Brown.

74:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 1, Preston North End 2. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David Worrall.

73:22

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

72:45

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

72:45

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

71:44

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

71:27

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

70:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 0, Preston North End 2. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Humphrey with a cross.

69:41

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:04

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic).

69:04

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:07

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

67:37

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

65:32

David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:32

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

63:08

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

62:43

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

61:50

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

61:24

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

61:24

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

60:06 Booking

Booking David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

60:01

Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).

60:01

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:41

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:28

Attempt saved. Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

57:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Danny Philliskirk.

57:13

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

51:57

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:31

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

47:34

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

47:34

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

47:10

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic).

47:10

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:55

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic).

45:55

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:31

Attempt saved. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Oldham Athletic 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 +1:55

Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00 +1:39

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

45:00 +1:39

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Preston North End).

45:00 +1:06 Booking

Booking Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:00

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

44:11

Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:11

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

41:06

Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

40:33

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

40:33

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

38:01

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:35

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

37:26

Attempt missed. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

35:57

Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:57

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

32:38

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the top right corner.

25:18

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

25:18

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

23:40

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

20:58

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

18:40

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

13:54

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

13:11

Attempt missed. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

6:06

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

6:06

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

5:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 0, Preston North End 1. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from long range on the right to the bottom left corner.

4:18

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

4:18

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:41

Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:41

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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