March 2, 2013
Blades cut down Latics
Sheffield United boosted their automatic promotion bid with a hard-earned 2-0 victory at Oldham.
Michael Doyle and Dave Kitson were on target for the Blades, who have now kept five consecutive clean sheets.
United had the better of the first-half chances, with Harry Maguire heading off target and also forcing a reaction save from Oldham keeper Alex Cisak.
Jose Baxter was a threat for Oldham, but his two efforts from the edge of the box flew narrowly over.
United went in front after 57 minutes when Dominic Poleon's shot was half-saved by Cisak and the rebound was converted by Doyle from 12 yards.
Oldham almost levelled but Matt Smith headed Lee Croft's cross inches wide before seeing his 18-yard shot palmed out by George Long.
United sealed the points after 86 minutes when Cisak charged off his line and failed to gather Tony McMahon's free-kick, giving Kitson the chance to head into an empty net from 14 yards.
|Oldham Athletic||Sheffield United|
|1 Alex Cisak||25 George Long|
|5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono||6 Matthew Hill|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||15 Neill Collins|
|2 Connor Brown||29 Tony McMahon|
|7 Lee Croft||5 Harry Maguire|
|4 James Wesolowski||19 Barry Robson|
|8 Dean Furman||8 Michael Doyle|
|6 James Tarkowski||11 Kevin McDonald|
|10 Robbie Simpson||7 Ryan Flynn|
|14 Matt Smith||14 Dave Kitson|
|20 Jose Baxter||22 Dominic Poleon|
|25 Liam Jacob||Danny Coyne 35|
|26 Carl Winchester||Darryl Westlake 2|
|17 Paul Murray||Joe Ironside 24|
|15 Jordan Obita||Diago De Girolamo 36|
|9 Chris Iwelumo||Callum McFadzean 26|
|21 Kirk Millar||Elliott Whitehouse 27|
|19 Daniel Taylor||Richard Cresswell 17|
|Jordan Obita for James Wesolowski (65)||Callum McFadzean for Dominic Poleon (71)|
|Chris Iwelumo for Connor Brown (78)|
|Jean Yves Mvoto Owono (18)||Michael Doyle (33)|
|Robbie Simpson (35)||Kevin McDonald (74)|
|Jose Baxter (83)||Dave Kitson (87)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | Sheffield United|