August 10, 2013
Super Saddlers flying high
Walsall maintained their impressive start to the new Sky Bet League One season with a 1-0 victory at Oldham.
James Baxendale's 25th-minute goal made it two league victories out of two for the Saddlers, who also won through to the second round of the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Oldham, who had won their opening league game 4-3 at Stevenage, had shouts for a penalty waved aside when Cristian Montano's shot appeared to strike a hand.
Walsall duly made the most of their luck as Baxendale fired home from 10 yards after Oldham's defence failed to clear an Adam Chambers cross.
Oldham's troubles continued when centre-back David Mellor was injured in the opening half and Montano did not return at the start of the second period.
The hosts huffed and puffed but lacked a cutting edge as James Dayton, Adam Rooney and substitute Sidney Schmeltz all blazed over.
The Latics' biggest attacking threat was centre-back James Tarkowski, who had a goalbound shot blocked by Chambers and a header well saved by Richard O'Donnell.
|James Baxendale (25')|
|1 Mark Oxley||1 Richard O'Donnell|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||15 James Chambers|
|6 James Tarkowski||4 Andy Butler|
|12 David Mellor||12 Paul Downing|
|2 Connor Brown||14 Malvind Benning|
|19 James Dayton||7 Adam Chambers|
|8 Korey Smith||11 Ashley Hemmings|
|20 Jose Baxter||8 Sam Mantom|
|11 Cristian Montano||16 James Baxendale|
|10 Charlie MacDonald||10 Craig Westcarr|
|9 Adam Rooney||9 Milan Lalkovic|
|25 Luke Simpson||Shane Lewis 13|
|16 Cliff Byrne||Dean Holden 5|
|32 Jack Truelove||Ben Purkiss 2|
|4 James Wesolowski||Romaine Sawyers 25|
|7 Sidney Schmeltz||James Mcquiokin 26|
|17 Anton Rodgers||Nicky Featherstone 6|
|21 Kirk Millar||Troy Hewitt 24|
|Cliff Byrne for David Mellor (36)||Romaine Sawyers for Craig Westcarr (71)|
|Sidney Schmeltz for Cristian Montano (46)||Nicky Featherstone for Ashley Hemmings (83)|
|Anton Rodgers for James Dayton (75)||Troy Hewitt for Milan Lalkovic (87)|
|David Mellor (3)||Ashley Hemmings (73)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | Walsall|