League One
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Oldham Athletic 1-0 Gillingham

Oldham earned a much-needed 1-0 win against Gillingham in a battle of two teams under new management.

John Sheridan tasted victory at the start of his third spell as Latics boss, while Gillingham were playing their first game since Adrian Pennock replaced the sacked Justin Edinburgh.

The visitors almost grabbed an early opener when Chris Herd's goalbound shot was blocked by Oldham captain Peter Clarke.

But the hosts broke through on 39 minutes when Billy McKay was fouled just outside the box and, from the resulting free-kick, Josh Law cracked an unstoppable drive high into the net.

It was the first league goal at home since mid-October for the EFL's lowest scorers, although they needed Connor Ripley to protect the lead before half-time with a smart save from Max Ehmer.

Lee Erwin could have made it 2-0 after a mazy run, but his low shot drifted wide, while McKay and Law were next to threaten the visitors' goal, both forcing saves from keeper Stuart Nelson.

Law hit the bar in injury time as Oldham pressed for a second goal, but the Latics held on for the narrow victory which ended their 10-match winless run and moved them off the foot of the table.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oldham

  • 1Ripley
  • 15Edmundson
  • 4WilsonBooked at 70mins
  • 26Clarke
  • 27McLaughlin
  • 24Fane
  • 7Flynn
  • 2Law
  • 16Dummigan
  • 19ErwinSubstituted forOseiat 60'minutesSubstituted forGlackinat 88'minutes
  • 9MckaySubstituted forGreenat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Reckord
  • 8Banks
  • 13Kettings
  • 18Osei
  • 28Green
  • 32King
  • 33Glackin

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 12KoncheskyBooked at 38mins
  • 4HerdSubstituted forOsadebeat 71'minutes
  • 5Ehmer
  • 2Jackson
  • 21ListSubstituted forDonnellyat 68'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 11Knott
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 23DackBooked at 89mins
  • 50Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forMcDonaldat 60'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 9Donnelly
  • 10McDonald
  • 13Hadler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 20Oldaker
  • 22Dickenson
  • 33Byrne
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
3,475

Match Stats

Home TeamOldhamAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Gillingham 0.

Josh Law (Oldham Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Billy Knott (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Brendy Glackin replaces Darius Osei.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

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

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

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadebe.

Attempt blocked. Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Josh Law (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Paul Green replaces Billy McKay.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham).

Ousmane Fane (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Emmanuel Osadebe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Law (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces Chris Herd.

Booking

Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Rory Donnelly replaces Elliott List.

Attempt missed. Elliott List (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Josh Law (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Chris Herd (Gillingham).

Billy McKay (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Ousmane Fane (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Paul Konchesky (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cameron Dummigan (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Darius Osei replaces Lee Erwin.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Cody McDonald replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

goal

Match report to follow.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd27175551302156
2Scunthorpe27167453262755
3Bolton26155635191650
4Bradford271112433221145
5Rochdale2614394132945
6Fleetwood26127739291043
7Southend2711973934542
8Millwall2611694139239
9Bristol Rovers27116104647-139
10Peterborough2510873931838
11Charlton2681263326736
12Wimbledon269983833536
13Oxford Utd2697103030034
14Walsall2681083034-434
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2786133643-730
17Gillingham2686123241-930
18Swindon2778122740-1329
19MK Dons2577112934-528
20Bury2774164153-1225
21Shrewsbury2767142640-1425
22Chesterfield2774162845-1725
23Oldham25410111327-1422
24Coventry2649132338-1521
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