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Oldham Athletic 2-1 Gillingham

Jonathan Forte
Jonathan Forte has three goals in 16 games this season

Oldham Athletic boosted their League One survival hopes with a comeback win over promotion-chasing Gillingham.

The chances of the Latics earning a first home league win since August looked slim when Gills captain Doug Loft blasted in a 35-yard shot.

But the hosts had looked threatening both before and after Loft's opener and levelled through Curtis Main's header.

And Jonathan Forte volleyed the winner with 17 minutes left, when he crashed home James Wilson's cross.

Gillingham slip to third, one place out of the automatic promotion places following Wigan's win over Walsall, while Oldham are 22nd, four points from safety.

Oldham manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Sheridan on Oldham v Gillingham

"I'm chuffed for the players because they've had a tough season at home.

"I think that performance today has shown that they're really ready for a fight until the end of the season.

"It was a brilliant performance against a good team. In the manner we won it, I thought was really positive and I think it was a fully deserved win."

Line-ups

Oldham

  • 1Coleman
  • 5Wilson
  • 16Gerrard
  • 4Dieng
  • 35Lafferty
  • 36DummiganSubstituted forWinchesterat 75'minutes
  • 12PalmerBooked at 63mins
  • 6KellyBooked at 61mins
  • 11Forte
  • 10HollowaySubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes
  • 21Main

Substitutes

  • 2Brown
  • 3Mills
  • 7Croft
  • 13Cornell
  • 14Cassidy
  • 15Winchester
  • 19Murphy

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 15Morris
  • 5Ehmer
  • 26Chicksen
  • 3Garmston
  • 16OsadebeSubstituted forWilliamsat 79'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 23Dack
  • 7LoftBooked at 59minsSubstituted forHessenthalerat 67'minutes
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forNorrisat 79'minutes
  • 17Donnelly

Substitutes

  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Williams
  • 12Morris
  • 19Norris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 33Dickenson
  • 35List
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
3,874

Match Stats

Home TeamOldhamAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Oldham Athletic 2, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 2, Gillingham 1.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Morris.

Foul by Curtis Main (Oldham Athletic).

Aaron Morris (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rhys Murphy (Oldham Athletic).

Attempt missed. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Wilson.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. George Williams (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Foul by Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic).

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Rhys Murphy replaces Aaron Holloway.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Luke Norris replaces Dominic Samuel.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. George Williams replaces Emmanuel Osadebe.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Carl Winchester replaces Cameron Dummigan.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 2, Gillingham 1. Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Lafferty.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

Attempt blocked. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joel Coleman.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Doug Loft because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Cameron Dummigan (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Daniel Lafferty (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rory Donnelly (Gillingham).

Booking

Matthew Palmer (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Oldham Athletic).

Doug Loft (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadebe.

Booking

Doug Loft (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Holloway (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Doug Loft (Gillingham).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton30203741241763
2Wigan321611552302259
3Gillingham32177858391958
4Walsall31169649331657
5Millwall321651151401153
6Coventry311410755332252
7Sheff Utd32139104742548
8Bradford3113993734348
9Southend31138104138347
10Barnsley31143145044645
11Port Vale33129123537-245
12Peterborough31135135448644
13Scunthorpe31135133739-244
14Bury31127124251-943
15Swindon32126144950-142
16Rochdale31109124144-339
17Doncaster3199133541-636
18Blackpool3297163241-934
19Chesterfield32104184252-1034
20Fleetwood3089133638-233
21Shrewsbury3196163751-1433
22Oldham30514112941-1229
23Crewe32610163456-2228
24Colchester3258194078-3823
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