February 2, 2013
Dickov feeling the heat
Two brilliant second-half goals from young winger Jamie Paterson helped Walsall come from behind to beat Oldham 3-1 and pile the pressure on Latics manager Paul Dickov.
Oldham, who knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup last week, fielded three new players but still stuggled against a lively Saddlers who have won five of their last six matches.
Oldham were the better side at the start and after missing a couple of chances Lee Barnard, on loan from Southampton, put them ahead with a fine header from Lee Croft's cross in the 19th minute.
A minute later Walsall should have been level, but Will Grigg failed to beat Dean Bouzanis with a close-range header from Sam Mantom's cross.
The Saddlers did equalise, however, five minutes from half-time when the recalled Andy Taylor found James Baxendale, who cut in from the left and scored his fourth of the season with a low shot from a tight angle.
A minute later Febian Brandy hit the inside of a post with the Latics keeper beaten.
Paterson put Walsall in front for the first time after 74 minutes with a 25-yard drive after good work by Adam Chambers, who also set up Paterson to beat a defender and hit number three for Walsall in stoppage time.
|28 Ian McLoughlin||13 Dean Bouzanis|
|4 Andy Butler||16 Cliff Byrne|
|14 Ben Purkiss||5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono|
|26 Andy Taylor||3 Jonathan Grounds|
|22 Paul Downing||2 Connor Brown|
|7 Adam Chambers||7 Lee Croft|
|10 Jamie Paterson||4 James Wesolowski|
|27 Sam Mantom||20 Jose Baxter|
|24 James Baxendale||26 Carl Winchester|
|12 Febian Brandy||9 Chris Iwelumo|
|9 William Grigg||18 Lee Barnard|
|1 David Grof||Alex Cisak 1|
|25 James Chambers||Paul Murray 17|
|5 Dean Holden||Chris Sutherland 28|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||Jordan Obita 15|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||James Tarkowski 6|
|29 Craig Westcarr||Kirk Millar 21|
|17 George Bowerman||Daniel Taylor 19|
|Craig Westcarr for James Baxendale (75)||Jordan Obita for Carl Winchester (60)|
|James Chambers for Febian Brandy (86)||Chris Sutherland for Lee Croft (78)|
|Daniel Taylor for Connor Brown (84)|
|Connor Brown (69)|
|Jose Baxter (73)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Oldham Athletic|