Unbeaten Preston moved up to third in League One with a narrow victory over winless Oldham.

With only four minutes gone Oldham failed to deal with a Paul Gallagher free-kick, allowing Jack King to smash in the loose ball.

The away side's best chance fell to Jonson Clarke-Harris, but he headed straight at goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

George Elokobi saw a long-range effort fly wide and Jonathan Forte went close with a header but Preston held on.

Johnson on Preston v Oldham

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Disappointed obviously to not come out with winning the game.

"We played well, I thought we had some good chances. We passed the ball around and dominated in the second half.

"I can't be too hard on the lads, but of course we're going to have to get a win very soon"

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 01 Jones
  • 15 Woods
  • 03 Laird
  • 18 Little Booked
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright (Wiseman - 84' )
  • 07 Humphrey Booked
  • 22 King
  • 14 Garner
  • 30 Brownhill (Browne - 69' )
  • 12 Gallagher (Hugill - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Wiseman
  • 08 Kilkenny
  • 09 Davies
  • 21 Stuckmann
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 25 Hugill
  • 31 Browne

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Rachubka
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Mills (Noble - 87' )
  • 08 Jones
  • 16 Wilson
  • 05 Elokobi
  • 15 Winchester (Morgan-Smith - 76' )
  • 06 Kelly Booked
  • 14 Clarke-Harris
  • 10 Philliskirk (Dayton - 75' )
  • 11 Forte

Substitutes

  • 02 Brown
  • 04 Dieng
  • 07 Dayton
  • 13 Coleman
  • 19 Noble
  • 21 Kusunga
  • 27 Morgan-Smith
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 11,678

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

2 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:51 Full time

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

90:00 +2:30

Foul by Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic).

90:00 +2:30

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

90:00 +0:30

Attempt missed. Amari Morgan-Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

90:00 +0:10

Attempt saved. Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:38

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

88:38

Foul by Andy Little (Preston North End).

87:55

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Dayton.

86:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. David Noble replaces Joseph Mills.

85:23

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:31

Michael Jones (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:31

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

83:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Wiseman replaces Bailey Wright.

82:11 Booking

Booking Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

82:03

Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:03

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

81:10

Foul by James Wilson (Oldham Athletic).

81:10

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

80:29

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

80:04

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:01

Delay in match Calum Woods (Preston North End) because of an injury.

77:22

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

76:55

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

76:55

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

76:02

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by George Elokobi.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Amari Morgan-Smith replaces Carl Winchester.

74:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. James Dayton replaces Danny Philliskirk.

73:48

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Wilson.

73:21

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

71:11

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

68:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Paul Gallagher.

68:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Josh Brownhill.

65:50

Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.

63:26

Foul by James Wilson (Oldham Athletic).

63:26

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

63:08

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

62:49

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

61:02

Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:02

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

58:42

Attempt missed. Andy Little (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

56:44

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

49:17

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:15

Attempt missed. Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

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

45:00 +3:08 Half time

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

45:00 +1:24

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

45:00 +1:00

Foul by Michael Jones (Oldham Athletic).

45:00 +1:00

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

44:29

Attempt missed. Andy Little (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

43:35

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Calum Woods.

39:59

Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:59

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

38:04

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

38:04

George Elokobi (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:06

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

36:41

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

36:26

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

34:44

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:44

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic).

34:12

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

32:36

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

32:36

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

29:50

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

29:50

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

28:34

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

28:34

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

27:11

Foul by Andy Little (Preston North End).

27:11

Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:38

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

25:38

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

24:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:59

Delay in match Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) because of an injury.

21:42

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

21:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

20:34

Delay in match George Elokobi (Oldham Athletic) because of an injury.

20:20

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

20:20

Foul by George Elokobi (Oldham Athletic).

18:41

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

18:15

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

18:00

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

16:27

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

15:57

Andy Little (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:57

Foul by Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic).

14:57

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

13:25

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

12:58

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:58

Foul by Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic).

10:58 Booking

Booking Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

10:45

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

10:45

Foul by Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic).

8:46 Booking

Booking Andy Little (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

8:38

Foul by Andy Little (Preston North End).

8:38

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

7:51

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

7:43

Foul by Andy Little (Preston North End).

7:43

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

6:43

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

3:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Jack King (Preston North End) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

2:41

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:41

Foul by George Elokobi (Oldham Athletic).

1:03

Foul by Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic).

1:03

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) 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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