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Oldham 0-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Kevin McDonald scored for the first time since 31 August as Wolves beat Oldham to keep pace with the automatic promotion places in League One.

The midfielder rounded off a counter attack early in the second half, firing in from outside the penalty area.

Another swift break ended with Michael Jacobs converting Sam Ricketts' pass, before substitute James Henry tapped home in stoppage time to seal victory.

Wolves' third straight win keeps them two points behind second-placed Orient.

Oldham, meanwhile, are still four points above the relegation zone after falling to defeat in the fourth meeting between the two teams this season.

The final scoreline was harsh on the hosts, who had long spells of second-half pressure with the score at 1-0.

A first period littered with chances ended scoreless, Wolves striker Nouha Dicko coming closest to a goal when his turn and shot hit the crossbar, while Oldham goalkeeper Mark Oxley and opposite number Aaron McCarey were both forced into several saves.

James Dayton and Jonson Clarke-Harris were among those to squander opportunities for the home side, while Oxley denied visiting winger Bakary Sako on a number of occasions.

Oldham had come from 3-0 and 4-2 down to but could not stage a similar fightback, as centre-back James Tarkowski and Clarke-Harris failed to hit the target.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Oldham manager Johnson

"I thought we were well in the game until the second goal.

"We huffed and puffed but it was difficult because they're a strong side and they don't concede too many.

"We just needed to be a bit more clinical in front of goal, calm down a bit in the box and pick someone out. But it's expensive, that sort of quality."

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

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'Gutsy win' for Wolves, says Jackett

"We needed some spirit coming here to Boundary Park and it was a good, gutsy win.

"It was an old-fashioned slug-out, with the ball in the box at both ends for most of the game.

"Sometimes it's tough to defend that, but we defended our box fantastically."

Line-ups

Oldham

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Brown
  • 3Grounds
  • 4WesolowskiBooked at 44mins
  • 5KusungaSubstituted forLockwoodat 55'minutes
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 19DaytonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forWinchesterat 79'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 14Clarke-Harris
  • 10MacDonaldSubstituted forPhilliskirkat 70'minutes
  • 30HarkinsBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 12Mellor
  • 15Winchester
  • 17Rodgers
  • 18Lockwood
  • 21Millar
  • 27Philliskirk
  • 29Rachubka

Wolves

  • 31McCarey
  • 18RickettsBooked at 54mins
  • 26Golbourne
  • 19Price
  • 5Stearman
  • 6Batth
  • 27Jacobs
  • 11McDonald
  • 40Dicko
  • 14EvansSubstituted forDoyleat 45'minutes
  • 10SakoSubstituted forHenryat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hennessey
  • 3Elokobi
  • 7Henry
  • 9Griffiths
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Doyle
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
4,343

Match Stats

Home TeamOldhamAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Ricketts.
Attempt missed. Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Hand ball by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Bakary Sako.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Carl Winchester replaces James Dayton.
Attempt missed. James Dayton (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Danny Philliskirk replaces Charlie MacDonald.
Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.
James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

James Dayton (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by James Dayton (Oldham Athletic).
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.
Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Adam Lockwood replaces Genséric Kusunga because of an injury.

Booking

Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).
Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Kevin Doyle.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.
Attempt blocked. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Lee Evans.

Half Time

First Half ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jack Price.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Booking

James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).
Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.
Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by James Dayton (Oldham Athletic).
Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2819542462
2Leyton Orient2718633460
3Wolves2817742758
4Preston2713104949
5Rotherham2813961248
6Walsall29121071046
7Peterborough2814311845
8Swindon2812511841
9Port Vale2612311-239
10MK Dons2710611036
11Coventry271287834
12Bradford277137634
13Colchester268108134
14Gillingham289514-1132
15Crawley257108-531
16Oldham288614-930
17Carlisle278613-1630
18Tranmere287714-1928
19Notts County298318-1127
20Crewe287615-2727
21Sheff Utd266812-926
22Shrewsbury286814-1126
23Bristol City2741211-724
24Stevenage266416-2022
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