Two goals in two first-half minutes earned Oldham three points against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, extending their unbeaten run to four games and leaves Latics 8th in League Two.
Chris O’Grady and Gevaro Nepomuceno provided the finishing touches for the visitors to beat a Morecambe side who dominated for long periods but could not find a way past Daniel Iversen in the Latics goal.
Morecambe couldn’t defend a Rob Hunt ball in from the right and O’Grady volleyed home past Mark Halstead in the hosts’ goal.
The same build from Oldham worked a minute later as Hunt’s ball was headed up into the air by Zak Mills and Nepomuceno reacted quickest to smash it into the net.
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Chris O’Grady told the club website: “It couldn’t get much better than that, I’m very pleased but the most important thing is the win which just caps off a really good week for us.”
“It’s what we work towards and what good teams do is they get a goal and back it up and we were good enough to defend the lead.”
The striker said the way the team defended will set the side up for future games: “Obviously a clean sheet speaks volumes for how we’re doing, we haven’t conceded many goals this season so far and if we stick to that and show some consistency, then we’ll end up in a good position.”
“We grounded in today, it wasn’t a pretty game and we didn’t play as well as we can do but we got the goal when we did and defended our lead well, so we’re pleased with that aspect.”
Latics took just under 1700 fans to the Globe Arena, outnumbering the home fans and the away fans were in fine voice all afternoon and Chris O’Grady thought the travelling support had a huge impact on the result, claiming the side felt like they had an extra man on the pitch.
“They are the twelfth man as the saying goes, we got the lead and they got behind us and we defended like we had twelve men on the pitch.”