Match ends, Oldham Athletic 2, Crawley Town 1.
Managerless Crawley ended a turbulent week by slipping to a late defeat at Oldham.
One day after losing boss Harry Kewell to Notts County, the Reds were denied a point by Sam Surridge's 89th-minute strike as Latics extended their unbeaten run to five league games and moved up to sixth.
Senior players Jimmy Smith and Filipe Morais took charge at Boundary Park, with both included in the starting line-up.
But Oldham went ahead in the eighth minute when Rob Hunt crossed from the left and Gevaro Nepomuceno slotted in comfortably from close range.
Crawley pulled level midway through the first half as Ollie Palmer's wicked ball into the six-yard box was palmed out to Dannie Bulman, who tapped home.
The visitors wasted a golden chance after 34 minutes when Ashley Nathaniel-George was tripped by Sam Graham and - from the resulting penalty - Palmer's weak kick was saved by Daniel Iversen.
Oldham's Callum Lang brought a sharp save from Glenn Morris as the hosts pushed for a winner.
The Crawley resistance was finally broken when Sam Edmundson's cross was forced in at the far post by a combination of Surridge and defender Mark Connolly.
Report supplied by Press Association.
- 18GrahamSubstituted forHamerat 79'minutes
- 4EdmundsonBooked at 78mins
- 17MissilouSubstituted forSurridgeat 59'minutes
- 10O'GradySubstituted forLangat 66'minutes
- 8BaxterBooked at 85mins
- 13de la Paz
- 6ConnollyBooked at 76mins
- 20VincelotSubstituted forN'Galaat 21'minutes
- 10PoleonSubstituted forCamaraat 66'minutes
- 22MoraisBooked at 79mins
- Michael Salisbury
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Oldham Athletic 2, Crawley Town 1.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by George Edmundson.
Delay in match Sam Surridge (Oldham Athletic) because of an injury.
Foul by Sam Surridge (Oldham Athletic).
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Chris O'Grady (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Peter Clarke.
Callum Lang (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).
Goal! Oldham Athletic 2, Crawley Town 1. Sam Surridge (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Josh Doherty.
Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Mark Connolly.
Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town).
Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic).
Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.