Match ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0.
James Wesolowski scored the only goal as Oldham beat Stevenage to earn their first win in seven league games.
The unmarked midfielder settled a scrappy game when he headed home Mike Petrasso's cross from eight yards.
Earlier, Stevenage's Jon Ashton headed against a post and Latics keeper Mark Oxley had to make several smart saves.
But Stevenage could not find a breakthrough and lost Ben Chorley to an 86th-minute red card for an off-the-ball clash with Jonson Clarke-Harris.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:
"It was a fantastic performance because we got a clean sheet.
"We had one moment in the first half that was a bit scary where it hit the post but apart from that we were solid.
"If we were a little bit better at finishing maybe we could of won by more.
"There's always pressure because we feel that we're not in as high a position as we want, but this was a particularly big game."
Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"I didn't think there was a deserved winner in the game, but obviously they got the one goal that won it in the first half.
"If you look at the two goalkeepers, they were both dramatically under worked. They got their goal, we hit the post, that aside the two goals weren't really threatened.
"They were determined to hang onto their lead and sat quite deep with their defence and made it quite difficult for us.
"I didn't see [Ben Chorley's sending off]. The footage isn't very clear of the incident, the players were adamant that the centre-forward had stamped. I can't comment, I don't know what went on."
- 1OxleyBooked at 90mins
- 20PetrassoSubstituted forRooneyat 89'minutes
- 14Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forMacDonaldat 89'minutes
- 30HarkinsSubstituted forDaytonat 74'minutes
- 6JonesBooked at 59minsSubstituted forAndradeat 80'minutes
- 2WedgburySubstituted forDoughtyat 45'minutes
- 4ChorleyBooked at 86mins
- 19HaberSubstituted forCharlesat 61'minutes
- Steven Rushton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 1, Stevenage 0.
Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jon Ashton.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.
Attempt saved. Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
James Dayton (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bruno Andrade (Stevenage).
Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Charlie MacDonald replaces Johnson Clarke-Harris.
Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Adam Rooney replaces Michael Petrasso.
Foul by Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic).
Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Ben Chorley (Stevenage) is shown the red card for fighting.
Foul by Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic).
Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Luke Jones.
Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).
Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.