Oldham Athletic picked up a big win away from home after scoring two late goals to defeat play-off hopefuls Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.
Eoin Doyle made a sensational return to the side as he came off the bench to score, while fellow substitute Patrick McEleney also scored on his debut to help Latics get all three points. Oldham are now up to 18th place in the League One table after the win.
It was also a second clean sheet in as many games for goalkeeper Johny Placide.
Wilfried Moimbe came back into the side in place of Gevaro Nepomuceno at left back whilst Doyle was back on the bench for Latics after he recovered from his blood clot. There was also a place on the bench for McEleney who was signed from Dundalk in January.
Duckens Nazon got the first clear shot of the game as he found space to shoot from the edge of the box. However, he couldn’t generate the power to cause Matt Gilks any problems.
Josh Morris made a great chance for the Iron in the 10th minute as he drove up the left wing, cut inside the box and shot at goal. However, the ball was bobbling and as a result, went inches wide of the back post.
Athletic could have taken the lead on 15 minutes as Wilfried Moimbe managed to get beyond Neal Bishop and drove into the penalty area. He managed to pick out Davies 12 yards from goal but the striker fired over.
Midway through the first half, a mistake from Hakeem Adelakun was almost capitalised on by Craig Davies but the striker was just stopped by McArdle’s last ditch challenge.
Jack Byrne played an excellent through ball to Nazon who took the ball in his path but the striker volleyed wide from 18 yards.
Anthony Gerrard was booked on 39 minutes for holding back Hopper but from the resulting free kick, Placide saved well as the ball looked to be heading towards the top corner.
The final chance of the half went to the home side as Hopper rattled the crossbar. Adelakun crossed from the right towards the striker but his header rebounded off the crossbar as it remained goalless at the break.
Half Time – Scunthorpe United 0-0 Oldham Athletic
There then appeared to be a heated moment between Latics manager Richie Wellens and Byrne as the half-time whistle was blown, but the midfielder continued to play in the second half.
McEleney came on for his long-awaited debut in place of Ben Pringle, while Doyle returned from his three-month absence due to illness, replacing Davies. Aaron Holloway also came on for Nazon.
Despite the changes, Athletic had to be wary as Duane Holmes broke the offside trap but dragged his effort wide from 18 yards.
It would have taken a piece of magic to open up the game, however, it ended up coming from a stroke of luck.
Byrne picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, he fired at goal, it took a deflection off McEleney and deceived the goalkeeper and Latics took the lead (0-1).
Doyle then proved just how much Latics have missed him over the past three months, as he doubled his side’s lead a few minutes later.
Good work from Holloway allowed Doyle to receive the ball, with the striker then beating two men and firing the ball into the bottom corner to show that he is well and truly back (0-2).
Full Time – Scunthorpe United 0-2 Oldham Athletic (McEleney 78′) (Doyle 82′)
Scunthorpe United – Gilks, Wallace (73’), Ojo, Morris, Bishop, Hopper (87’), Adelakun (64’), Holmes, Burgess, McArdle, Yates.
Subs – Watson, Goode, Lewis, Sutton, Townsend (73’), McGeehan (87’), Williams (64’)
Oldham Athletic – Placide, Dummigan, Bryan, Gerrard, Moimbe, Fane, Gardner, Pringle (58’), Byrne, Nazon (63’), Davies (62’).
Subs – De La Paz, Wilson, Hunt, McLaughlin, Doyle (62’), Holloway (63′), McEleney (58’)