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Colchester United 0-1 Oldham Athletic

Connor Brown's first goal of the season saw Oldham take a big stride towards safety and deepen Colchester's League One relegation concerns.

The right-back's cross looped off defender Tom Eastman to put the Latics ahead on the stroke of half-time.

The U's wasted first-half chances when Alex Gilbey headed over and Jabo Ibehre nodded into Paul Rachubka's arms.

Dominic Vose curled wide and Ibehre's drive deflected off target as the hosts' second-half luck was also out.

Colchester are now only two points clear of the bottom four with three games left to play, while Oldham move up to 16th, six points ahead of Carlisle in 21st.

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Post-match: Oldham manager Johnson

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's a big, big win make no mistake. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't sexy football, if you like, but it was vital.

"I thought it was a bit sloppy at times, if I'm being really ultra-critical and honest.

"I thought it was a little bit sloppy in possession and was a tough pitch and a tough occasion to come and play "

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonBooked at 90mins
  • 16WynterSubstituted forMorrisonat 88'minutes
  • 15BeanBooked at 90mins
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 21Massey
  • 22GilbeyBooked at 68minsSubstituted forWrightat 88'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 11Sears
  • 7WattSubstituted forVoseat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 3Dickson
  • 6Eastmond
  • 9Morrison
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
  • 30Wright

Oldham

  • 29Rachubka
  • 2Brown
  • 3GroundsBooked at 81mins
  • 4Wesolowski
  • 18Lockwood
  • 16J Wilson
  • 28WorrallBooked at 73mins
  • 8Smith
  • 14Clarke-Harris
  • 27PhilliskirkBooked at 43mins
  • 30Harkins

Substitutes

  • 6Gafaiti
  • 10MacDonald
  • 12Mellor
  • 19Dayton
  • 21Millar
  • 24Byrom
  • 33Coleman
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
4,252

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home24
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Oldham Athletic 1.
Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Brown.

Booking

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).
David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).
Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).
David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Alex Gilbey.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Alex Wynter.
Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Brown.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.
Attempt blocked. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
(Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic).
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Paul Rachubka.
Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).
Jonson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.
Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wilson.
Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Sanchez Watt.
Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).
James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4329955396
2Brentford4327973090
3Leyton Orient43231193880
4Rotherham43221382679
5Preston43211662279
6Peterborough4321418967
7Swindon4318916663
8Port Vale4318619-1260
9Sheff Utd42161115059
10MK Dons4317719058
11Walsall43141514257
12Crawley42141315-455
13Bradford43121714253
14Bristol City43121714153
15Gillingham4315622-1751
16Oldham42131118-1050
17Coventry43161116-249
18Colchester43111319-1246
19Tranmere43121021-2446
20Crewe43121021-2746
21Carlisle42111120-2644
22Notts County4313426-1643
23Shrewsbury4391420-1641
24Stevenage4310924-2339
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