April 9, 2013
Preston pick off Latics
Oldham slipped deeper into relegation trouble as Nicky Wroe's second-half penalty and Will Hayhurst's late strike secured Preston the points in a 2-0 victory at Deepdale.
Wroe's 11th goal of the season and Hayhurst's goal at the death took North End's unbeaten home run to six, while Oldham remain above the drop zone on goal difference over Scunthorpe.
The Latics went closest early on as Bobby Reid's free-kick cannoned inches wide off Jose Baxter.
In an increasingly tight game, Baxter then fizzed a 20-yard shot past the upright after 35 minutes.
And five minutes later, Lilywhites goalkeeper Declan Rudd produced a superb stop to keep out the 21-year-old's free-kick.
Shortly after the restart, Preston striker Jack King - who netted his first goal of 2013 on Saturday - crashed a header against the crossbar as the hosts built some momentum.
The home side broke through in the 73rd minute when midfielder Wroe blasted home a penalty after left-back Jonathan Grounds was adjudged to have handled in the area.
And Hayhurst struck into an empty net in the dying minutes after Latics goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis went up for a corner.
|Preston North End||Oldham Athletic|
|23 Declan Rudd||13 Dean Bouzanis|
|15 Paul Connolly||16 Cliff Byrne|
|16 David Buchanan||5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono|
|4 Paul Huntington||3 Jonathan Grounds|
|26 Bailey Wright||7 Lee Croft|
|19 John Welsh||4 James Wesolowski|
|8 Nicky Wroe||23 Korey Smith|
|2 Keith Keane||22 Bobby Reid|
|24 William Hayhurst||10 Robbie Simpson|
|22 Jack King||18 Lee Barnard|
|29 Stuart Beavon||20 Jose Baxter|
|1 Thorsten Stuckmann||Alex Cisak 1|
|27 Luke Foster||Connor Brown 2|
|18 Andrew Procter||James Tarkowski 6|
|21 John Mousinho||David Mellor 29|
|17 Jeffrey Monakana||Matt Smith 14|
|14 Joe Garner||Cristian Montano 11|
|9 Graham Cummins||Kirk Millar 21|
|Jeffrey Monakana for Paul Connolly (69)||James Tarkowski for Cliff Byrne (38)|
|Graham Cummins for Stuart Beavon (69)||Kirk Millar for Lee Barnard (74)|
|John Mousinho for Nicky Wroe (84)||Matt Smith for Bobby Reid (76)|
|Paul Huntington (11)||Jean Yves Mvoto Owono (12)|
|Jack King (37)||Jose Baxter (63)|
|Keith Keane (78)|
|· Squads: Preston North End | Oldham Athletic|