Oldham took three crucial points in their fight against relegation as Danny Philliskirk's goal handed them a vital win against Crawley.

The hosts went ahead when Korey Smith found Philliskirk, who turned before drilling home from close range.

Billy Clarke got Crawley back into the game when he forced a good save from Oldham goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.

Jamie Proctor almost levelled for the visitors late on but his headed effort went straight to Rachubka.

The result meant Crawley slipped to only their second defeat in 11 games.

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I thought a lot of the lads were gritty today. We had the three in midfield that just kept running about and putting them under pressure.

"We earned, probably with that grit, more opportunities than we took and that's what's frustrating.

"I don't think my heart strings can handle any more 1-0 wins or any more late goals against us."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"Oldham went about their job very well and we came here with confidence, but for some reason we didn't start very well.

"We never really started for 45 minutes and we were fortunate to go in 1-0 down.

"They were quite happy just to get everyone back behind the ball and that's what you expect, when they're fighting for their lives and it's up to us to try and turn it around.

"It now makes games more difficult and I've never been in a situation in the last few weeks where I can rest four or five players.

"I still want to aim as high as we possibly can in the league and it's my duty to get the best out of the players every single week.

"I don't think I have felt this low since I've been at the club."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Oldham Athletic

  • 29 Rachubka
  • 02 Brown Booked
  • 03 Grounds Booked
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 16 Wilson
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 28 Worrall (Dayton - 67' )
  • 08 Smith Booked
  • 14 Clarke-Harris (Gafaiti - 93' )
  • 27 Philliskirk (MacDonald - 79' )
  • 30 Harkins

Substitutes

  • 01 Oxley
  • 06 Gafaiti
  • 07 Dunfield
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 15 Winchester
  • 19 Dayton
  • 21 Millar

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Connolly (Connolly - 45' Booked )
  • 03 Sadler
  • 10 Drury
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 07 Clarke (Fallon - 80' )
  • 16 Kaikai (Proctor - 45' )
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 11 Simpson
  • 21 Jones

Substitutes

  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Fallon
  • 14 Proctor
  • 17 Boateng
  • 25 Maddison
  • 28 Dicker
  • 29 Connolly
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 3,389

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

5 4

Corners

5 5

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +5:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +4:36

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

90:00 +4:36

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

90:00 +2:52

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Andy Drury.

90:00 +2:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Adel Gafaiti replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

90:00 +1:53

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

90:00 +0:50

Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:50

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

90:00 +0:03

Hand ball by Rory Fallon (Crawley Town).

87:19

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

87:19

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

86:45

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic).

86:45

Paul Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:25

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

85:25

Foul by Rory Fallon (Crawley Town).

84:08

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

81:28

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Paul Connolly.

80:58

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

80:33

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

80:33

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

79:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Rory Fallon replaces Billy Clarke.

78:11 Substitution

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

75:11

Attempt saved. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

73:00

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

73:00

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

72:18

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

72:18

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:47

Attempt saved. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:48

Foul by James Dayton (Oldham Athletic).

69:48

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:14

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

69:03

Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

66:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. James Dayton replaces David Worrall.

66:14

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:58

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by James Wilson.

63:48

Attempt blocked. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

63:24

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by James Wesolowski.

59:58 Booking

Booking Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

59:46

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic).

59:46

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:55

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:00

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

55:34

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:24 Booking

Booking Paul Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

53:17

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

53:17

Foul by Paul Connolly (Crawley Town).

51:59 Booking

Booking Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

51:33

Foul by Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic).

51:33

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:10

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic).

51:10

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:01

Foul by James Wilson (Oldham Athletic).

49:01

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:11

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:11

Foul by Paul Connolly (Crawley Town).

47:24

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Oldham Athletic 1, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Paul Connolly replaces Mark Connolly.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Sullay Kaikai.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Crawley Town 0.

42:10

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Korey Smith.

40:51

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:39

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

40:07

Foul by Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic).

40:07

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:05

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

38:23

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

35:56

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:56

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

33:10

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

32:33

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

32:33

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

32:11

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:12

Hand ball by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic).

22:05

Hand ball by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

20:37

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

20:37

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:47

David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:47

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

19:01 Booking

Booking Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

19:00

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:50

Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).

17:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oldham Athletic 1, Crawley Town 0. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Korey Smith.

14:48

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

14:48

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

13:56

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

13:44

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

12:50

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Connor Brown.

12:43

Attempt blocked. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

12:14

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic).

12:14

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:10

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

6:56

Foul by Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic).

6:56

Sullay Kaikai (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:06

Attempt missed. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4:37

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

3:00

Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:57

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic).

1:31

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

1:31

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) 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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