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Walsall 2-0 Oldham Athletic

Oldham's League One survival bid suffered a blow as they were beaten in an ill-tempered game at Walsall which they ended with nine men.

The score was harsh on the Latics, who matched their mid-table hosts despite the early dismissal of Lee Croft.

But they lost out to two late goals - an Erhun Oztumer penalty and an Amadou Bakayoko rocket - with Brian Wilson also sent off for the visitors, who remain three points above the drop zone, in between.

Oldham had made a bright start before Croft's 16th-minute dismissal for a reckless studs-up challenge on Jason McCarthy.

The 10 men still fashioned chances as Wilson's 20-yarder forced a diving save from Saddlers goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Walsall started to get on top towards the end of the half but Latics keeper Connor Ripley made a great block to stop Kieron Morris sweeping home Oztumer's low cross from 10 yards.

Oldham continued to more than match their hosts in the second half but Tope Obadeyi's free-kick shaved the post in their closest chance.

And Walsall snatched the points 11 minutes from time as Peter Clarke tripped Simeon Jackson in the area and Oztumer beat Ripley from the spot.

Wilson - booked in the first half - then saw a second yellow for a scuffle with Bakayoko, who latched on to Oztumer's through ball before firing into the top corner in the second minute of time added-on to secure Walsall's win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 59mins
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forBakayokoat 69'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 3Laird
  • 4O'Connor
  • 5McCarthy
  • 7Chambers
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forMakrisat 83'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11Morris
  • 14Osbourne
  • 32O'Connell

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Oldham

  • 1Ripley
  • 27McLaughlin
  • 5Gerrard
  • 4B WilsonBooked at 82mins
  • 22Hunt
  • 11CroftBooked at 16mins
  • 6O'Neill
  • 26P ClarkeBooked at 78mins
  • 10Holloway
  • 28GreenSubstituted forFaneat 64'minutes
  • 30ObadeyiSubstituted forErwinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Law
  • 7Flynn
  • 12Taylor
  • 13Kettings
  • 14Ngoo
  • 19Erwin
  • 24Fane
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
6,003

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Aaron Holloway (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Oldham Athletic 0. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan McLaughlin.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Lee Erwin replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Simeon Jackson.

Booking

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Walsall. Erhun Oztumer draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Hand ball by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Joe Edwards.

Attempt missed. Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) header from the left side of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Aiden O'Neill (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Aaron Holloway (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Ousmane Fane replaces Paul Green.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Attempt blocked. Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Booking

Neil Etheridge (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Aaron Holloway (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe351710860382261
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Bristol Rovers361312115454051
9Peterborough36148144948150
10Oxford Utd33147124235749
11Rochdale33147124846249
12Walsall351213104344-149
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14MK Dons351110144545043
15Northampton36127175360-743
16Charlton35915114441342
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3587203256-2431
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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