Connor Brown's first goal of the season saw Oldham take a big stride towards safety and deepen Colchester's League One relegation concerns.

The right-back's cross looped off defender Tom Eastman to put the Latics ahead on the stroke of half-time.

The U's wasted first-half chances when Alex Gilbey headed over and Jabo Ibehre nodded into Paul Rachubka's arms.

Dominic Vose curled wide and Ibehre's drive deflected off target as the hosts' second-half luck was also out.

Colchester are now only two points clear of the bottom four with three games left to play, while Oldham move up to 16th, six points ahead of Carlisle in 21st.

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's a big, big win make no mistake. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't sexy football, if you like, but it was vital.

"I thought it was a bit sloppy at times, if I'm being really ultra-critical and honest.

"I thought it was a little bit sloppy in possession and was a tough pitch and a tough occasion to come and play "

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (3)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 16 Wynter (Morrison - 88' )
  • 15 Bean Booked
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 21 Massey
  • 22 Gilbey Booked (Wright - 88' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 11 Sears
  • 07 Watt (Vose - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Dickson
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 09 Morrison
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 25 Vose
  • 30 Wright

Oldham Athletic

  • 29 Rachubka
  • 02 Brown
  • 03 Grounds Booked
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 16 Wilson
  • 28 Worrall Booked
  • 08 Smith
  • 14 Clarke-Harris
  • 27 Philliskirk Booked
  • 30 Harkins

Substitutes

  • 06 Gafaiti
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 12 Mellor
  • 19 Dayton
  • 21 Millar
  • 24 Byrom
  • 33 Coleman
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 4,252

Match Stats

Shots

24 4

On target

7 1

Corners

13 1

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

90:00 +3:54

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +2:43

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Brown.

90:00 +2:05 Booking

Booking Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:53

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

90:00 +1:53

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

90:00 +0:45 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:28

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

90:00 +0:28

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

89:36

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

89:36

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

87:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Alex Gilbey.

87:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Alex Wynter.

86:13

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

85:50

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:50

Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).

83:50

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Brown.

83:16

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

82:59

Attempt blocked. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:17 Booking

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

80:00

(Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:00

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic).

78:31

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Paul Rachubka.

78:20

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

77:51

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

77:51

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

74:45

Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

74:08

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

73:58

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:09

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wilson.

73:03

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

72:21 Booking

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

71:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Sanchez Watt.

70:04

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:50 Booking

Booking Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

67:30

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

67:30

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

67:00

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:00

Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).

65:33

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Philliskirk.

64:24

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wesolowski.

64:14

Attempt blocked. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:46

Attempt saved. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

59:30

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

58:51

(Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:51

Foul by Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic).

58:07

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

58:07

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

57:17

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:18

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

56:18

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

51:00

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wesolowski.

50:46

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

50:18

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Brown.

49:14

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:05

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:37

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

45:09

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

45:09

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

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

45:00 +2:43 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

44:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1. Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

43:18

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

43:18

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

42:43 Booking

Booking Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

42:32

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:32

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

38:50

Attempt saved. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:53

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:53

Foul by James Wilson (Oldham Athletic).

35:12

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

29:48

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

29:00

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

28:57

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

25:02

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

24:21

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

24:21

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:43

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:43

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic).

20:19

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:22

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

19:22

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

17:43

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

17:29

Attempt blocked. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:22

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

15:01

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:01

Foul by Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic).

14:08

Hand ball by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

13:49

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

13:49

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

12:53

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

12:28

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

9:04

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:51

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Korey Smith.

7:27

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

7:27

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

7:00

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:17

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:17

Foul by Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic).

2:19

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

1:56

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wesolowski.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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