Oldham 0-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald scored for the first time since 31 August as Wolves beat Oldham to keep pace with the automatic promotion places in League One.

The midfielder rounded off a counter attack early in the second half, firing in from outside the penalty area.

Another swift break ended with Michael Jacobs converting Sam Ricketts' pass, before substitute James Henry tapped home in stoppage time to seal victory.

Wolves' third straight win keeps them two points behind second-placed Orient.

Oldham, meanwhile, are still four points above the relegation zone after falling to defeat in the fourth meeting between the two teams this season.

The final scoreline was harsh on the hosts, who had long spells of second-half pressure with the score at 1-0.

A first period littered with chances ended scoreless, Wolves striker Nouha Dicko coming closest to a goal when his turn and shot hit the crossbar, while Oldham goalkeeper Mark Oxley and opposite number Aaron McCarey were both forced into several saves.

James Dayton and Jonson Clarke-Harris were among those to squander opportunities for the home side, while Oxley denied visiting winger Bakary Sako on a number of occasions.

Oldham had come from 3-0 and 4-2 down to but could not stage a similar fightback, as centre-back James Tarkowski and Clarke-Harris failed to hit the target.

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Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Oldham manager Johnson

"I thought we were well in the game until the second goal.

"We huffed and puffed but it was difficult because they're a strong side and they don't concede too many.

"We just needed to be a bit more clinical in front of goal, calm down a bit in the box and pick someone out. But it's expensive, that sort of quality."

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

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'Gutsy win' for Wolves, says Jackett

"We needed some spirit coming here to Boundary Park and it was a good, gutsy win.

"It was an old-fashioned slug-out, with the ball in the box at both ends for most of the game.

"Sometimes it's tough to defend that, but we defended our box fantastically."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford28195450262462
2Leyton Orient27186358243460
3Wolves28177447202758
4Preston27131043627949
5Rotherham28139649371248
6Walsall291210736261046
7Peterborough28143114840845
8Swindon28125114638841
9Port Vale26123113739-239
10MK Dons27106114141036
11Coventry2712875547834
12Bradford2771373832634
13Colchester2681083534134
14Gillingham2895143647-1132
15Crawley2571082934-531
16Oldham2886143241-930
17Carlisle2786133147-1630
18Tranmere2877143150-1928
19Notts County2983183748-1127
20Crewe2876152754-2727
21Sheff Utd2668122635-926
22Shrewsbury2868142738-1126
23Bristol City27412113845-724
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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