April 20, 2013
Latics leave it late to seal survival
Oldham ensured their League One safety with a last-ditch 2-1 win against Crawley, whose play-off hopes are now over.
The Latics had the best chance of a scrappy first half but Matt Smith headed over from David Mellor's cross.
Crawley's Billy Clarke had a near-post effort blocked by home goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, who also had to grab a deflection off Smith that threatened to find his own net.
It was Smith who gave Oldham a 56th-minute lead - his third goal in consecutive games - as he bundled through the heart of Crawley's defence and hit a 20-yard drive into the bottom corner of the net.
Robbie Simpson almost added a second but the visitors equalised after 77 minutes when a short corner routine ended with defender Mark Connolly heading in from point-blank range.
Oldham snatched victory in injury time as Jose Baxter's free-kick to the far post was headed in from three yards out by Jean Yves Mvoto.
|Oldham Athletic||Crawley Town|
|13 Dean Bouzanis||1 Paul Jones|
|5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono||13 David Hunt|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||3 Mathew Sadler|
|27 Glenn Belezika||12 Joe Walsh|
|2 Connor Brown||4 Mark Connolly|
|7 Lee Croft||15 Dannie Bulman|
|23 Korey Smith||7 Billy Clarke|
|29 David Mellor||16 Nicky Adams|
|10 Robbie Simpson||8 Sergio Torres|
|18 Lee Barnard||21 Mike Jones|
|14 Matt Smith||28 Paul Hayes|
|1 Alex Cisak||Johnny Maddison 25|
|26 Carl Winchester||Mustapha Dumbuya 2|
|30 Joe Cooper||Matthew Sparrow 10|
|22 Bobby Reid||Josh Simpson 11|
|20 Jose Baxter||Lateef Elford-Alliyu 20|
|11 Cristian Montano||Jamie Proctor 14|
|21 Kirk Millar||Aiden O'Brien 19|
|Kirk Millar for Lee Barnard (64)||Josh Simpson for Sergio Torres (65)|
|Jose Baxter for Matt Smith (69)||Matthew Sparrow for Dannie Bulman (65)|
|Jamie Proctor for Mike Jones (65)|
|Lee Croft (76)|
|Connor Brown (90)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | Crawley Town|