An even start was shared between Oldham and Walsall, as both sides knocked the ball around well. However, it was Walsall who made the passing count when a perfectly weighted ball fell to the feet of Cook in the tenth minute, was finished neatly past Rachubka in the Latics’ net. Walsall could’ve doubled their advantage not much later, however Cook failed to score his second of the game with a good chance. Walsall were made to pay on the half hour mark when on loan Bolton striker, Connor Wilkinson, smashed home well as the ball fell free in the box. The second half was much more of a one sided affair. The home side with all the possession, pilling the pressure on a Walsall side seemingly happy to rest on a point. Goalkeeper O’Donnell twice had to keep the game level both with fantastic reaction saves, first from Ibehre then spectacularly from Winchester. However, the winning goal came for Oldham in the form of a superb strike from range by Jones. The shot, which took a horrific deflection, looped over the otherwise superb O’Donnell. Overall a fair result with Oldham deserving the win but Walsall unlucky to lose in the fashion in which they did. 10 games unbeaten now for Oldham though, but Walsall’s good run of form comes to an end.

Oldham Athletic

 P. Rachubka– Good catching and kicking, not much to do all game. 7.0
 B. Wilson– Looked very good down the wing with very good crossing and passing. 8.0
 J. Wilson– Strong at the back and in the air when needed. 7.0
 T. Dieng– Looked a bit uncomfortable on the ball as well as a mistake leading to the 1st goal. 6.5
 J. Mills– Quick to attack down the wing but poor final product. 7.0
 M. Jones– Had a very good game, fantastic passing and movement as well as a great effort for the winning goal. 9.0
 L. Kelly– Looked strong in midfield all game and covered well at the back when needed. 7.5
 C. Winchester– Good energy and creativity when on the ball. 7.5
 D. Philliskirk– Came in and out of the game at times, looked okay though. 7.0
 D. Poleon– Looked very poor before being replaced at half time. 6.0
 C. Wilkinson– Very good hold up play and flick one as well as a clinical finish for Oldham’s first goal. 7.5

Substitutions

 J. Ibehre– Looked unfit and rather lazy after coming on off the bench. 6.0
 J. Dayton– Looked okay but didn’t really make an impact. 6.5
 J. Forte– Looked unfit and fatigued on return from injury. 6.0

 Walsall

 R. O’Donnell– Made some extremely good reaction and diving saves to keep Walsall in the game, very impressive performance, easily Walsall’s man of the match. 9.0
 J. O’Connor– Good awareness to peel off from marker and good covering throughout. 7.5
 P. Downing– Didn’t have the best game, looked uncomfortable on the ball with a couple mistakes. 6.5
 A. Chambers– Held up ball well but was caught behind play a couple times in the game. 7.0
 J. Baxendale– Tried to make things happen with good control and dribbling but was lacking final product. 7.0
 M. Benning– Strong and clever off the ball, played okay. 7.0
 J. Cook– Finished perfectly one on one for the first goal, always looked a threat in the first half.. 8.0
 A. Grimes– Looked very quiet on and off the ball. 6.5
 B. Clifford– Persistent fouling, didn’t play fantastically. 6.5
 A. Forde– Again fairly quiet but looked okay. 6.5
 A. Butler– Didn’t do too much throughout the game. 6.5

Substitutions

 M. Manset– Looked good on the ball and fairly energetic.. 7.0
 K. Morris– Failed to make an impact on game. 6.0
 R. Flanagan– Quiet, failed to make a real impact. 6.0

 Man of the Match

Mike Jones- Fantastic passing and movement throughout as well as a great strike for the Oldham winner 9.0

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