Sheffield Wed 3-0 Oldham

Sheffield Wednesday boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a comfortable win over Oldham.

The Owls took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Miguel Llera powered forward before centring for Gary Madine to head in.

Shefki Kuqi missed a good chance to level for the Latics when he fired straight at keeper Stephen Bywater.

Llera headed home a Keith Treacy free-kick before sub Ryan Lowe nodded in a Treacy cross with his first touch.

The victory moves the Owls above neighbours Sheffield United in to second place in League One, although the Blades will move back above Wednesday as long as they avoid defeat against Rochdale on Tuesday.

Oldham, who have now lost five successive matches, are six points clear of the League One drop-zone.

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Owls looked tired, says Jones

"I think the fans realised how tired everybody was and they stuck with them and kept going and got their rewards. There's a lot of tired bodies in that dressing room.

"I didn't expect anything else but we controlled it. We kept it and got away with one or two things early on.

"We know we weren't as fluent as two days ago, but it's about getting three points."

Oldham manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester:

"[During] spells in the match, we really took the game to them.

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Inexperience cost Oldham - Dickov

"The experience of their centre-forwards, against the inexperience of our centre-halves, won them the game.

"What we're going to get with them is mistakes. We've switched off from three crosses and we've conceded three goals.

"We need a goal at the moment and, when you're not scoring, you need to make sure you're switched on at the other end."

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