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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Oldham Athletic

Wolves made light of torrential rain at Molineux to see off Oldham Athletic and move within three points of the top of League One.

Second-half strikes from James Henry and Leigh Griffiths both owed much to almost unplayable conditions.

Latics keeper Mark Oxley spilled Bakary Sako's low cross into the path of Henry, who unwittingly prodded in.

Jonathan Grounds then slipped as he tried to cut out Sako's pass, allowing Griffiths to coolly run on and score.

The Wolves top scorer's low left-foot shot slid in off the right post for his ninth goal of the campaign.

Despite the disappointment of playing in front of their lowest league crowd in 13 years, Wolves closed the gap on joint leaders Leyton Orient and Peterborough United to three points, with a game in hand.

In a first half ruined by a freakish storm, Oldham wasted their best chance when Cristian Montano ballooned a header over.

Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme then saved from Montano after the break before Danny Philliskirk powered a fierce shot just over.

But Griffiths should have made it three, running clear late on, only to slide his shot just wide.

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Post match: Wolves head coach Jackett

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"Sako has contributed well to the season so far. He made some telling assists which helped us take the points. I don't think anyone can question his commitment when he has worn the Wolves shirt.

"We have lost one game in 12 now. That is keeping us in touch with the pace at the top of the table.

"The top two have had a fantastic run. In the end you do have to concentrate on your own team and your own result. But everybody looks at the other results.

"And, when you see Coventry beat Orient 3-1, it puts Saturday into perspective. It shows it was a good performance against Coventry on Saturday when we might have just edged it between two good teams."

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We had six or seven that I thought were fantastic tonight and they deserve to be towards the top end of the table. The others have got to come with us and come with the group.

"Everybody's giving it 100% but sometimes it's a bit of experience, bravery and handling the occasion. We were unlucky but we go again."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 2DohertySubstituted forStearmanat 38'minutes
  • 26Golbourne
  • 19Price
  • 6Batth
  • 18Ricketts
  • 7Henry
  • 14EvansSubstituted forEdwardsat 88'minutes
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forDoyleat 90+2'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 10Sako

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 5Stearman
  • 12Forde
  • 15Sigurdarson
  • 21Ismail
  • 29Doyle
  • 31McCarey

Oldham

  • 1Oxley
  • 5Kusunga
  • 23MillsSubstituted forMellorat 62'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 3GroundsBooked at 66mins
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 19DaytonSubstituted forRooneyat 56'minutes
  • 4Wesolowski
  • 27Philliskirk
  • 11MontañoBooked at 73mins
  • 15WinchesterSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Schmeltz
  • 9Rooney
  • 12Mellor
  • 14Clarke-Harris
  • 17Rodgers
  • 21Millar
  • 29Rachubka
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
15,959

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0.
Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Leigh Griffiths.
Attempt saved. Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Lee Evans.
Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Adam Rooney (Oldham Athletic).
Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.
Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic).
Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.
Attempt saved. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
David Mellor (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako.
Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by David Mellor (Oldham Athletic).
Attempt blocked. Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. David Mellor replaces Joseph Mills.
Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Danny Batth.
Attempt blocked. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Adam Rooney replaces James Dayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Johnson Clarke-Harris replaces Carl Winchester.
Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Oldham Athletic 0. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako.
Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Carl Winchester.
Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.
Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Oldham Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Oldham Athletic 0.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.
Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Richard Stearman replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).
Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1310212132
2Peterborough1310211632
3Wolves129211629
4Preston13652623
5Bradford136431122
6Walsall13643422
7Brentford13634121
8Swindon13625720
9Rotherham13553020
10MK Dons13544419
11Crawley12543119
12Port Vale13526-117
13Carlisle12435-915
14Coventry13733814
15Shrewsbury13274-213
16Colchester13274-613
17Gillingham13337-612
18Crewe13337-1712
19Oldham12327-411
20Stevenage13328-811
21Sheff Utd13238-109
22Tranmere13238-159
23Notts County12219-97
24Bristol City12066-86
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