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Oldham Athletic 0-1 Colchester United

Sammie Szmodics' second-minute goal gave relegation-threatened Colchester a shock win at play-off hopefuls Oldham.

Szmodics drilled home from six yards after the hosts failed to clear David Fox's cross in a poor first half.

Mike Jones dragged his volley wide for Oldham after the break, with Gavin Massey and Matthew Briggs going close to doubling the U's advantage.

The Latics found the net in second-half injury time, but Liam Kelly's effort was ruled out for offside.

Despite a first victory in four, Colchester remain in the relegation zone but are now only one point from safety.

Lee Johnson's side slip to sixth, one point ahead of Chesterfield.

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Of course it's not what you want, is it? I mean, I thought the second half, we gave it a go and I thought the subs gave us a bit of energy and a bit of impetus.

"But I think what killed us really was the first 20 minutes.

"We conceded a poor goal, we knew that set-pieces could be an issue - you just look at the mistakes.

"As a manager you try and guard against it and try and get them up for it and check everybody's legs and make sure they're alright and they should have been alright."

Line-ups

Oldham

  • 25Kean
  • 20Wilson
  • 16Wilson
  • 5ElokobiBooked at 37mins
  • 3Mills
  • 6Kelly
  • 14MellisSubstituted forWinchesterat 57'minutes
  • 8JonesSubstituted forPoleonat 57'minutes
  • 10Philliskirk
  • 39MurphySubstituted forTurnerat 58'minutes
  • 11Forte

Substitutes

  • 2Brown
  • 4Dieng
  • 9Poleon
  • 13Coleman
  • 15Winchester
  • 21Kusunga
  • 23Turner

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 18Eastman
  • 2Wynter
  • 15Briggs
  • 38Fox
  • 32Lapslie
  • 41HewittSubstituted forBonneat 89'minutes
  • 28SzmodicsSubstituted forMarriottat 83'minutes
  • 21Massey
  • 42PorterBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 3Gordon
  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 25McEvoy
  • 27Bonne
  • 37Sembie-Ferris
  • 40Harney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
5,668

Match Stats

Home TeamOldhamAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 0, Colchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by David Fox.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Elliott Hewitt.

  10. Booking

    Chris Porter (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Poleon (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Jack Marriott replaces Sammie Szmodics.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  16. Post update

    Dominic Poleon (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by George Elokobi (Oldham Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City29187454262861
2Swindon30176756322457
3MK Dons30168662313156
4Preston29158644281653
5Sheff Utd2813693932745
6Oldham30111094141043
7Chesterfield30119104441342
8Doncaster2911993633342
9Bradford2811893733441
10Peterborough30125133838041
11Fleetwood31118123032-241
12Gillingham31118124447-341
13Walsall301010103232040
14Port Vale31116143845-739
15Rochdale281151250401038
16Notts County29108113135-438
17Crewe30115143151-2038
18Scunthorpe28107114144-337
19Barnsley30105153948-935
20Coventry30711123041-1132
21Colchester3087153650-1431
22Crawley3179153255-2330
23Leyton Orient2978143846-829
24Yeovil3177172345-2228
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