March 19, 2013
Glee for rookie boss Lee
Lee Johnson made a flying start to his managerial career as Oldham cruised to a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Hartlepool.
Johnson - at 31 the youngest manager in the Football League - celebrated his first game in charge by watching the Latics climb out of the League One relegation zone.
Both sides side could have grabbed an early lead as Steve Howard and Peter Hartley went close for Pools, while Oldham's Jose Baxter was twice denied by saves from Scott Flinders.
But it was Baxter who set up Oldham's opener after 17 minutes when his pinpoint left-wing cross was headed in from six yards by Robbie Simpson.
Oldham doubled their lead in the 27th minute, another fine Baxter cross being powered in from 10 yards by the head of Jean Yves Mvoto.
It was 3-0 after 70 minutes as Lee Croft teed up Baxter for an emphatic 18-yard drive past the helpless Flinders.
The result ended Oldham's three-match losing run, but Hartlepool are without a win or a goal in five matches.
|Oldham Athletic||Hartlepool United|
|13 Dean Bouzanis||1 Scott Flinders|
|5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono||5 Sam Collins|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||2 Neil Austin|
|2 Connor Brown||6 Evan Horwood|
|7 Lee Croft||29 Peter Hartley|
|4 James Wesolowski||15 Antony Sweeney|
|23 Korey Smith||8 Simon Walton|
|6 James Tarkowski||7 Jonathan Franks|
|10 Robbie Simpson||14 Nathan Luscombe|
|18 Lee Barnard||39 Steve Howard|
|20 Jose Baxter||10 James Poole|
|1 Alex Cisak||Adam McHugh 31|
|16 Cliff Byrne||Darren Holden 22|
|15 Jordan Obita||Andy Monkhouse 11|
|29 David Mellor||Lewis Hawkins 28|
|9 Chris Iwelumo||Greg Rutherford 17|
|11 Cristian Montano||Luke James 33|
|21 Kirk Millar||Charlie Wyke 36|
|Kirk Millar for Lee Croft (71)||Andy Monkhouse for James Poole (27)|
|Jordan Obita for Robbie Simpson (79)||Luke James for Nathan Luscombe (52)|
|Chris Iwelumo for Lee Barnard (83)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | Hartlepool United|