Oldham Athletic leave it late to claim first win

Oldham Athletic’s search for their first win of the season has come to an end but they had to work hard to claim it after throwing away a two-goal lead at Bristol Rovers.

After praising his strikers in the build up to the game, Latics manager John Sheridan had Eoin Doyle to thank for rescuing the situation with just two minutes left.

The game took a while to get going with neither side being able to break the deadlock before halftime but once the second 45 got underway it all happened.

Oldham took the lead just three minutes after halftime with jack Byrne scoring a cracker from all of 30-yards out, screaming his shot past Adam Smith in the Gas’ goal.

Craig Davies added Oldham’s second and his third in three games with 20 minutes left to double their lead when he low bobbing shot hit Bristol defender Tom Lockyer, deflecting it past the goalkeeper.

Surely Latics couldn’t throw a 2-0 lead away, but they tried their best to do just that.

Gas substitute Rory Gaffney pulled one back for the home side on 83 minutes when he hit a low strike from the right side of the box into the back of the net to give the home supporters hope.

That hope was extended still further just two minutes later when defender Ryan Sweeney headed in from Chris Lines free-kick to draw the sided level.

But Oldham would have the last laugh as Eoin Doyle bagged his second of the season as he rose highest to head in from Craig Davies’ cross with just two minutes to go.

The victory moves John Sheridan’s side to the top of the relegation zone in League One but means they are only one point from getting out of the bottom four.

Next up is a visit from Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

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