Match ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Oxford United 2.
New manager Pep Clotet made a flying start to his Oxford career as the U's grabbed a 2-0 victory over Oldham at Boundary Park.
Spaniard Clotet, who replaced Michael Appleton in July, saw his new team seal victory with goals from Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffels.
The Latics could have gone in front when Aaron Amadi-Holloway set up Craig Davies, but the striker's first-time shot was saved by visiting goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.
Instead it was Oxford who led after 39 minutes as Jack Payne played a through-ball and, with Oldham appealing in vain for offside, Thomas raced clear and slotted home.
Ryan Ledson went close to adding a quickfire second for the away side, with his 20-yard drive forcing a save from Ben Wilson.
Oxford, who narrowly missed out on last season's play-offs, again showed their attacking threat with a superb move which ended when Payne was smartly denied by Wilson.
Oldham squandered a good chance when Tope Obadeyi slashed off target, but the visitors doubled the lead on 71 minutes as Ruffels collected Payne's pass and fired home from 12 yards.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 8BanksSubstituted forFlynnat 75'minutes
- 28GreenSubstituted forObadeyiat 59'minutes
- 11McLaughlinBooked at 71mins
- 9DaviesSubstituted forDuffusat 76'minutes
- 4WilliamsonBooked at 79mins
- 18RothwellBooked at 68minsSubstituted forCarrollat 71'minutes
- 9ThomasSubstituted forObikaat 65'minutes
- 19Fernández Codina
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Oxford United 2.
Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic).
Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Flynn (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.
Ousmane Fane (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Payne (Oxford United).
Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.
Mike Williamson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mike Williamson (Oxford United).
Attempt blocked. Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Courtney Duffus replaces Craig Davies.
Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Ryan Flynn replaces Oliver Banks.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Mike Williamson.
Goal! Oldham Athletic 0, Oxford United 2. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Payne.
Substitution, Oxford United. Canice Carroll replaces Joe Rothwell.