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WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers2OldhamOldham Athletic0

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Oldham Athletic

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Molineux
Leigh Griffiths

Wolves made light of torrential rain at Molineux to see off Oldham Athletic and move within three points of the top of League One.

Second-half strikes from James Henry and Leigh Griffiths both owed much to almost unplayable conditions.

Latics keeper Mark Oxley spilled Bakary Sako's low cross into the path of Henry, who unwittingly prodded in.

Jonathan Grounds then slipped as he tried to cut out Sako's pass, allowing Griffiths to coolly run on and score.

The Wolves top scorer's low left-foot shot slid in off the right post for his ninth goal of the campaign.

Despite the disappointment of playing in front of their lowest league crowd in 13 years, Wolves closed the gap on joint leaders Leyton Orient and Peterborough United to three points, with a game in hand.

In a first half ruined by a freakish storm, Oldham wasted their best chance when Cristian Montano ballooned a header over.

Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme then saved from Montano after the break before Danny Philliskirk powered a fierce shot just over.

But Griffiths should have made it three, running clear late on, only to slide his shot just wide.

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"Sako has contributed well to the season so far. He made some telling assists which helped us take the points. I don't think anyone can question his commitment when he has worn the Wolves shirt.

"We have lost one game in 12 now. That is keeping us in touch with the pace at the top of the table.

"The top two have had a fantastic run. In the end you do have to concentrate on your own team and your own result. But everybody looks at the other results.

"And, when you see Coventry beat Orient 3-1, it puts Saturday into perspective. It shows it was a good performance against Coventry on Saturday when we might have just edged it between two good teams."

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We had six or seven that I thought were fantastic tonight and they deserve to be towards the top end of the table. The others have got to come with us and come with the group.

"Everybody's giving it 100% but sometimes it's a bit of experience, bravery and handling the occasion. We were unlucky but we go again."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Ikeme
  • 2DohertySubstituted forStearmanat 38'minutes
  • 26Golbourne
  • 19Price
  • 6Batth
  • 18Ricketts
  • 7Henry
  • 14EvansSubstituted forEdwardsat 88'minutes
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forDoyleat 90+2'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 10Sako

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 5Stearman
  • 12Forde
  • 15Sigurdarson
  • 21Ismail
  • 29Doyle
  • 31McCarey

Oldham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Oxley
  • 5Kusunga
  • 23MillsSubstituted forMellorat 62'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 3GroundsBooked at 66mins
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 19DaytonSubstituted forRooneyat 56'minutes
  • 4Wesolowski
  • 27Philliskirk
  • 11MontañoBooked at 73mins
  • 15WinchesterSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Schmeltz
  • 9Rooney
  • 12Mellor
  • 14Clarke-Harris
  • 17Rodgers
  • 21Millar
  • 29Rachubka
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
15,959

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Leigh Griffiths.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Lee Evans.

  8. Post update

    Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Rooney (Oldham Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

    James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Booking

    Cristian Montaño (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient13102132112132
2Peterborough1310212481632
3Wolves129212371629
4Preston136522115623
5Bradford1364323121122
6Walsall136431713422
7Brentford136341817121
8Swindon136252316720
9Rotherham135531919020
10MK Dons135442117419
11Crawley125431817119
12Port Vale135261718-117
13Carlisle124351120-915
14Coventry137333022814
15Shrewsbury132741315-213
16Colchester132741218-613
17Gillingham133371622-612
18Crewe133371128-1712
19Oldham123271418-411
20Stevenage133281321-811
21Sheff Utd132381020-109
22Tranmere132381126-159
23Notts County122191423-97
24Bristol City120661624-86
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