December 15, 2012
De Vita at the double to sink Latics
Raffaele De Vita scored twice in three minutes as Swindon boosted their play-off hopes with a 2-0 win at Oldham.
The Robins exploited their total first-half dominance to record a first victory in four games.
Swindon could have taken an early lead, only for Matt Ritchie to sky over the bar from De Vita's cross.
But the pair combined to score after 28 minutes as Ritchie's cross ricocheted to De Vita, who fired low past the Alex Cisak from 10 yards.
Three minutes later Swindon doubled their advantage, with Nathan Thompson's ball in from the right finding De Vita for a 12-yard shot which took a heavy deflection and spun into the bottom corner.
Joe Devera's header almost made it three at the end of a first half in which Oldham failed to register an attempt on goal.
The home side improved after the break, but they went down to 10 men on 79 minutes when Cisak was forced off with a head injury - with all three substitutions already made, striker Robbie Simpson took over in goal.
Oldham's best effort came from Matt Derbyshire, whose shot was comfortably saved by Wes Foderingham.
|Oldham Athletic||Swindon Town|
|1 Alex Cisak||1 Wesley Foderingham|
|16 Cliff Byrne||22 Darren Ward|
|5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono||5 Joe Devera|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||15 Nathan Thompson|
|23 Reece Wabara||12 Alan McCormack|
|7 Lee Croft||8 Simon Ferry|
|4 James Wesolowski||26 Danny Hollands|
|8 Dean Furman||10 Matt Ritchie|
|9 Matt Derbyshire||23 Raffaele De Vita|
|20 Jose Baxter||16 Andrew Williams|
|11 Cristian Montano||24 Chris Martin|
|25 Liam Jacob||Leigh Bedwell 30|
|2 Connor Brown||Troy Archibald-Henville 2|
|6 James Tarkowski||Tommy Miller 18|
|22 Youssouf M'changama||Gary Roberts 11|
|10 Robbie Simpson||John Bostock 33|
|14 Matt Smith||James Collins 9|
|19 Daniel Taylor||Adam Rooney 28|
|Connor Brown for Cliff Byrne (16)||Gary Roberts for Raffaele De Vita (67)|
|Matt Smith for James Wesolowski (55)||James Collins for Chris Martin (73)|
|Robbie Simpson for Cristian Montano (69)||Tommy Miller for Simon Ferry (83)|
|Chris Martin (73)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | Swindon Town|