Colchester United 0-1 Oldham Athletic

Connor Brown

Connor Brown's first goal of the season saw Oldham take a big stride towards safety and deepen Colchester's League One relegation concerns.

The right-back's cross looped off defender Tom Eastman to put the Latics ahead on the stroke of half-time.

The U's wasted first-half chances when Alex Gilbey headed over and Jabo Ibehre nodded into Paul Rachubka's arms.

Dominic Vose curled wide and Ibehre's drive deflected off target as the hosts' second-half luck was also out.

Colchester are now only two points clear of the bottom four with three games left to play, while Oldham move up to 16th, six points ahead of Carlisle in 21st.

Lee Johnson

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Post-match: Oldham manager Johnson

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's a big, big win make no mistake. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't sexy football, if you like, but it was vital.

"I thought it was a bit sloppy at times, if I'm being really ultra-critical and honest.

"I thought it was a little bit sloppy in possession and was a tough pitch and a tough occasion to come and play "

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4329955396
2Brentford4327973090
3Leyton Orient43231193880
4Rotherham43221382679
5Preston43211662279
6Peterborough4321418967
7Swindon4318916663
8Port Vale4318619-1260
9Sheff Utd42161115059
10MK Dons4317719058
11Walsall43141514257
12Crawley42141315-455
13Bradford43121714253
14Bristol City43121714153
15Gillingham4315622-1751
16Oldham42131118-1050
17Coventry43161116-249
18Colchester43111319-1246
19Tranmere43121021-2446
20Crewe43121021-2746
21Carlisle42111120-2644
22Notts County4313426-1643
23Shrewsbury4391420-1641
24Stevenage4310924-2339
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