October 13, 2012
Last-gasp Smith rescues Latics
Oldham substitute Matt Smith struck seven minutes into injury time to rescue a point for his side in a 1-1 draw at unbeaten Sheffield United.
Smith side-footed past Blades' teenage goalkeeper George Long right at the death after Nick Blackman had put the home side ahead from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Oldham full-back Jonathan Grounds thought he had fired Oldham in front after 19 minutes but the former Middlesbrough man's follow-up to Robbie Simpson's parried shot was ruled out for offside.
United came out fired up for the second half and after captain Michael Doyle unleashed a rasping effort, which was tipped around the post by Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, Blackman coolly stroked in his sixth goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after Jean-Yves M'voto was adjudged to have tugged Dave Kitson's shirt.
Striker Matt Derbyshire was denied an equaliser by Long after 65 minutes before Blades winger Ryan Flynn wasted the opportunity to seal the game when he slotted wide when through on goal three minutes from the end.
Danny Wilson's side were then made to pay when striker Smith slotted in Jose Baxter's inswinging cross.
|Sheffield United||Oldham Athletic|
|25 George Long||13 Dean Bouzanis|
|6 Matthew Hill||16 Cliff Byrne|
|29 Tony McMahon||5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono|
|30 Marcus Williams||3 Jonathan Grounds|
|5 Harry Maguire||23 Reece Wabara|
|8 Michael Doyle||7 Lee Croft|
|11 Kevin McDonald||4 James Wesolowski|
|7 Ryan Flynn||10 Robbie Simpson|
|14 Dave Kitson||9 Matt Derbyshire|
|10 Nick Blackman||20 Jose Baxter|
|19 John Cofie||11 Cristian Montano|
|34 George Willis||Alex Cisak 1|
|2 Darryl Westlake||Carl Winchester 26|
|16 David McAllister||James Tarkowski 6|
|21 Jordan Chapell||Connor Brown 2|
|17 Richard Cresswell||Chris Sutherland 28|
|9 Chris Porter||Youssouf M'changama 22|
|12 Shaun Miller||Matt Smith 14|
|Richard Cresswell for John Cofie (70)||Matt Smith for Robbie Simpson (82)|
|Kevin McDonald (34)||Lee Croft (40)|
|Tony McMahon (45)||Jean Yves Mvoto Owono (68)|
|Nick Blackman (68)||Robbie Simpson (74)|
|Matthew Hill (74)||Jose Baxter (90)|
|· Squads: Sheffield United | Oldham Athletic|