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Oldham Athletic 5-4 Peterborough United

Genseric Kusunga

Oldham staged a stunning comeback to beat Peterborough in a nine-goal thriller in League One.

Britt Assombalonga, Tommy Rowe and Lee Tomlin put Posh 3-0 up.

But after the break Gary Harkins and David Worrall replied for the Latics, before Nicky Ajose added Posh's fourth.

A James Wesolowski goal and a Harkins' penalty - after Lee Tomlin saw red for handling on the line - followed by Genseric Kusunga's late effort completed Oldham's dramatic turnaround.

Posh were on the right side of a goal-fest on Tuesday, but after coasting into the break with a three-goal cushion they were unprepared for the never-say-die response of Lee Johnson's men.

The memorable result hoisted the Latics four points clear of the relegation zone and saw Posh drop out of the play-off places on goal difference.

Posh had struck as early as the fifth minute when Assombalonga nodded in Ajose's cross and only looked to get stronger as Rowe headed in a corner and Tomlin applied a first-time finish to Danny Swanson's pass.

But the Latics were ruthless after the break, with the instrumental Harkins turning in a corner and Worrall finishing superbly from 20 yards.

The home side looked to have undone their good work when Ajose collected a wayward Oldham throw-in to tap into an empty net.

But Wesolowski fired in against his former club before Tomlin received his third red card of the season when stopping James Tarkowski's goal-bound effort with his hand.

Harkins converted the subsequent penalty before Kusunga was on hand in a crowded six-yard box to notch his first league goal for the Latics and secure a remarkable victory in the dying moments.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Oldham manager Johnson

"What a fantastic day for the fans. We were woeful in the first half and at half-time we hit rock bottom and fair play to the lads, I've got to say what great character and attitude and heart to produce that second-half display and score five goals.

"I think sometimes you've got to make bold decisions. You could say I got it wrong if you like with my starting 11, that would be fair to say.

"Sometimes you've just got to hold your hands up and say alright it hasn't worked. Tactically I don't think we were at it in the first half hour.

"This day was about an unbelievable game and unbelievable entertainment and that's why we all love football because stuff like that can happen."

Line-ups

Oldham

  • 1Oxley
  • 8Smith
  • 3Grounds
  • 4Wesolowski
  • 5KusungaBooked at 90mins
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 28Worrall
  • 30Harkins
  • 10MacDonald
  • 27PhilliskirkSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 34'minutes
  • 19DaytonSubstituted forBrownat 34'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Brown
  • 12Mellor
  • 14Clarke-Harris
  • 15Winchester
  • 17Rodgers
  • 18Lockwood
  • 29Rachubka

Peterborough

  • 13Day
  • 31LittleSubstituted forBrisleyat 56'minutes
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 8PayneSubstituted forJ Andersonat 64'minutes
  • 6Bostwick
  • 2Alcock
  • 7Swanson
  • 14Rowe
  • 10TomlinBooked at 88mins
  • 21Ajose
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 4Brisley
  • 11McCann
  • 12Vassell
  • 15J Anderson
  • 16Kearns
  • 17Newell
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
3,571

Match Stats

Home TeamOldhamAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Oldham Athletic 5, Peterborough United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 5, Peterborough United 4.

Booking

Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Booking

Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 5, Peterborough United 4. Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jermaine Anderson.

Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 4, Peterborough United 4. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Dismissal

Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) is shown the red card for hand ball.

Attempt blocked. James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United).

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 3, Peterborough United 4. James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Jermaine Anderson replaces Jack Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 2, Peterborough United 4. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

Craig Alcock (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Connor Brown (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Sean Brisley replaces Mark Little because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mark Little (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Oldham Athletic 2, Peterborough United 3. David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Harkins.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt blocked. Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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3Wolves27167444202455
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham27129647361145
6Walsall28129735251045
7Peterborough28143114840845
8Swindon27124114537840
9Port Vale26123113739-239
10MK Dons26106104138336
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2895143647-1132
15Crawley2571082934-531
16Oldham2786133238-630
17Tranmere2777133048-1828
18Notts County2983183748-1127
19Carlisle2676132847-1927
20Crewe2876152754-2727
21Sheff Utd2668122635-926
22Shrewsbury2868142738-1126
23Bristol City26412103742-524
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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