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Port Vale 1-0 Oldham Athletic

On-loan defender Jack Grimmer scored the only goal as Port Vale beat Oldham.

Teenager Grimmer headed home Chris Shuker's right-wing corner from eight yards out early in the second half.

Vale were fortunate to escape a first-half penalty box scramble, with Gary Harkins squandering the chance.

Jennison Myrie-Williamson should have put Vale in the clear but his 65th-minute penalty was brilliantly saved by Mark Oxley after James Dayton's trip on Tom Pope.

The home side suffered a blow with a serious injury to debutant Florent Cuvelier, when the loan signing from Sheffield United collapsed in agony after turning his knee.

The Belgian midfielder was stretchered off.

Vale, who extend their unbeaten home run to six matches in all competitions, are now three points off the play-off places while Oldham are two points above the drop zone.

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Post-Match: Oldham assistant Murray

Oldham assistant manager Paul Murray told BBC Radio Manchester:

"There were some half chances but when we were going through [we need] to put someone in. We're just nearly there, we're not making that exact pass.

"Obviously we need goals to get the points, we're not scoring at the minute and we're conceding as well, so it's very upsetting and we'll endeavour to put it right.

"It was a rubbish goal to concede and we didn't even think it was a corner. And then it was just an out-swinger and no one's cleared it - it's disappointing."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 20Grimmer
  • 5DickinsonBooked at 68mins
  • 25CuvelierSubstituted forShukerat 36'minutes
  • 4Robertson
  • 17DavisBooked at 43mins
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBirchallat 80'minutes
  • 21Griffith
  • 11PopeSubstituted forHugillat 73'minutes
  • 19Williamson
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 8Dodds
  • 12Johnson
  • 15Shuker
  • 22Lloyd
  • 26Birchall
  • 39Hugill

Oldham

  • 1Oxley
  • 12Mellor
  • 3Grounds
  • 19DaytonSubstituted forWorrallat 72'minutes
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 5Kusunga
  • 4Wesolowski
  • 8Smith
  • 27PhilliskirkSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 71'minutes
  • 30Harkins
  • 10MacDonaldSubstituted forPetrassoat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 14Clarke-Harris
  • 15Winchester
  • 18Lockwood
  • 20Petrasso
  • 28Worrall
  • 29Rachubka
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
6,002

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Attempt saved. Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Joe Davis (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Port Vale).

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

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Tom Pope.

Attempt missed. Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. David Worrall replaces James Dayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Michael Petrasso replaces Charlie MacDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Johnson Clarke-Harris replaces Danny Philliskirk.

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

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

Booking

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

Penalty saved! Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the top right corner.

Penalty Port Vale. Tom Pope draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by James Dayton (Oldham Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic).

Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham26128645341144
6Peterborough26133104032842
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons2510694136536
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2783163339-627
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Sheff Utd2668122635-926
20Shrewsbury2768132635-926
21Tranmere2667132948-1925
22Bristol City2541293639-324
23Crewe2666142553-2824
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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