Oldham Athletic managed to come from behind to beat Blackpool on Easter Monday and move out of the League One relegation zone.

Oldham manager Richie Wellens made a number of changes to the side which was beaten by Wigan Athletic on Good Friday.

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer made four changes for the game, with Callum Cooke, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Danny Philliskirk and Kyle Vassell coming back into the side. There was also a welcome return for Mark Cullen on the bench.

Latics had plenty of chances throughout the first half, with their opening effort coming after just six minutes when Doyle’s shot was kept out by Joe Lumley.

Jimmy Ryan was presented with a free-kick opportunity when Callum Cooke was pulled back 25-yards-out, though the skipper curled his attempt wide.

Joe Lumley reacted quickly after spilling a strike from Duckens Nazon in the 15th minute to deny Eoin Doyle from close range, while a minute later Kyle Vassell’s strike at the other end was pushed clear of danger.

For all Oldham’s possession, they were hit on the counter attack and fell behind on 37 minutes. Kyle Vassell’s made a near post run to meet a cross from Colin Daniel and fire in his 10th goal of the season (0-1).

Half Time – Oldham Athletic 0-1 Blackpool (Vassell 37′)

Doyle’s frustrating afternoon continued at the start of the second half, as Patrick McEleney’s cross found the Irishman unmarked in the box, but his free header went over the bar.

Oldham boss Richie Wellens turned to his bench to try and get his side back in the game, bringing on Byrne for Pringle just before the hour mark.

Byrne made an immediate impact, as just a minute after coming on he curled the ball into the top right corner from just inside the box to equalise for his side (1-1).

Latics looked the more dangerous of the two sides to grab the winner and they went close on 80 minutes to finding the winner.

Hunt raced at the defence, cut the ball back to Byrne who shot but it trickled wide of the goal.

It looked like Oldham may have to settle for a point, but with five minutes remaining, Doyle finally found the net as he got on the end of a corner to head home and put his side ahead (2-1).

Blackpool threw everything at Latics in the final couple of minutes but stood resolutely to pick up the valuable three points.

Full Time – Oldham Athletic (Byrne 60′) (Doyle 85′) 2-1 Blackpool (Vassell 37′)

Oldham Athletic –  Placide, Moimbe, Edmundson, Bryan, Hunt, Pringle (58’), Fane, Gardner, McEleney (75’), Doyle, Nazon (67’).

Subs – De La Paz, Wilson, Nepomuceno, Benteke, Obadeyi (67′), Byrne (58′), Holloway (75′).

Blackpool – Lumley, Robertson, Vassell (73’), Ryan (87’), Tilt, Solomon-Otabor, Philliskirk, Turton, Daniel, Cooke (69’), Spearing.

Subs – Mafoumbi, Aimson, D’Almeida, Menga, Longstaff (69′), Gnanaduillet (73′), Cullen (87′).

Attendance: 4,309 (660 visiting supporters)


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