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Walsall 2-0 Oldham Athletic

Oldham's League One survival bid suffered a blow as they were beaten in an ill-tempered game at Walsall which they ended with nine men.

The score was harsh on the Latics, who matched their mid-table hosts despite the early dismissal of Lee Croft.

But they lost out to two late goals - an Erhun Oztumer penalty and an Amadou Bakayoko rocket - with Brian Wilson also sent off for the visitors, who remain three points above the drop zone, in between.

Oldham had made a bright start before Croft's 16th-minute dismissal for a reckless studs-up challenge on Jason McCarthy.

The 10 men still fashioned chances as Wilson's 20-yarder forced a diving save from Saddlers goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Walsall started to get on top towards the end of the half but Latics keeper Connor Ripley made a great block to stop Kieron Morris sweeping home Oztumer's low cross from 10 yards.

Oldham continued to more than match their hosts in the second half but Tope Obadeyi's free-kick shaved the post in their closest chance.

And Walsall snatched the points 11 minutes from time as Peter Clarke tripped Simeon Jackson in the area and Oztumer beat Ripley from the spot.

Wilson - booked in the first half - then saw a second yellow for a scuffle with Bakayoko, who latched on to Oztumer's through ball before firing into the top corner in the second minute of time added-on to secure Walsall's win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 59mins
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forBakayokoat 69'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 3Laird
  • 4O'Connor
  • 5McCarthy
  • 7Chambers
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forMakrisat 83'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11Morris
  • 14Osbourne
  • 32O'Connell

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Oldham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ripley
  • 27McLaughlin
  • 5Gerrard
  • 4WilsonBooked at 82mins
  • 22Hunt
  • 11CroftBooked at 16mins
  • 6O'Neill
  • 26ClarkeBooked at 78mins
  • 10Holloway
  • 28GreenSubstituted forFaneat 64'minutes
  • 30ObadeyiSubstituted forErwinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Law
  • 7Flynn
  • 12Taylor
  • 13Kettings
  • 14Ngoo
  • 19Erwin
  • 24Fane
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
6,003

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 2, Oldham Athletic 0. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan McLaughlin.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

  11. Post update

    Ousmane Fane (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Lee Erwin replaces Tope Obadeyi.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Simeon Jackson.

  14. Booking

    Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Dismissal

    Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Booking

    Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Penalty Walsall. Erhun Oztumer draws a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd35209664382669
2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe351710860382261
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Bristol Rovers361312115454051
9Peterborough36148144948150
10Oxford Utd33147124235749
11Rochdale33147124846249
12Walsall351213104344-149
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14MK Dons351110144545043
15Northampton36127175360-743
16Charlton35915114441342
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3587203256-2431
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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