Substitute Jonathan Benteke netted his first goal in English football as Oldham Athletic earned a much-needed win against 10-man Cheltenham Town.
Frankie Bunn’s starting eleven consisted of Iversen, Hamer, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Hunt, Lang, Missilou, Gardner, Nepomuceno, Baxter, O’Grady.
Jose Baxter caused Cheltenham Town problems early on, first he shot narrowly wide from 18 yards, and was denied a shooting chance by a fine interception by Will Boyle and then saw a clever effort held by Scott Flinders in the opening quarter of an hour.
Cheltenham Town grew into the game and created their first chance as defender William Boyle headed wide from a Chris Hussey freekick.
Latics winger Gevaro Nepomuceno was denied by the legs of Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Scott Flinders, while young defender George Edmundson headed inches wide.
Cheltenham Town were reduced to ten men as just before the break when striker Sam Jones got involved in a fracas with Baxter following a bad tackle on midfielder Christopher Missilou and received a straight red card for thrusting his head towards his opponent.
Early in the second half Latics continued to dominate, Callum Lang and substitute Ishmael Miller, the former Manchester City forward, saw shots blocked while Gevaro Nepomunceno made Scott Flinders a fine flying stop with a curling effort from the right.
Latics finally broke the deadlock through substitute Jonathan Benteke as Rob Hunt crossed from down the left into the Latics striker who was sliding in to open the scoring (1-0).
The home side never looked in any danger once they took the lead and Ishmael Miller almost got a second for Latics, but he could only fire his shot over from a corner.
Latics doubled their advantage when Callum Lang picked up the ball on the edge of the box, took on three Cheltenham Town players with a lovely bit of skill, before blasting the ball into the bottom corner (2-0).
Attendance 2865 (92 Away)
Here is how Oldham Athletic fans reacted to 2-0 win at home against Cheltenham Town –
— Steve Ashforth (@steveashy) October 23, 2018
Worst 70 min of football I’ve seen in longtime couldn’t tell they were down to 10 men but we got the end result much needed 3 points let’s follow it up on Saturday now lads and go on run and start giving the fans something to cheer about #oafc
— Benjamin Holmes (@Benjami55080566) October 23, 2018
Happy we won of course but a 2-0 win papering over some big cracks there. No positives to take from the game. Best thing Baxter did all game was get their bloke sent off #oafc
— Tom Butterworth (@tom_db) October 23, 2018
Horrible performance but a vital 3 points. The standard of football in league two is horrific #Oafc
— david hewson (@hewi1989) October 23, 2018
That 3 points just papers over the cracks tonight, we were really poor and a better team would have done us even with 10 men #oafc
— Paul (@paul_jones81) October 23, 2018
Unbelievably poor, paper over cracks that result but will absolutely take it. #oafc
— The Latics Wine Club (@Laticswineclub) October 23, 2018
— Chris McGrath (@Mcgoo_84) October 23, 2018