What a difference a few days and a managerial change can make, less than 24-hours after losing 6-0 at Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic had a new man at the helm and had turned their attention to Port Vale.
Pete Wild lead his side out at Vale Park for the first time, having spoken of the pride of doing so the day before when he was handed the reins after the departure of Frankie Bunn.
Any nerves the Latic’s fan Wild had heading into the game quickly disappeared though as his players showed their class in sweeping aside Port Vale.
With just 32 minutes on the watch Callum Lang was able to profit from a defensive mix-up in Vale’s back line, driving a right-footed shot low under goalkeeper Scott Brown.
The home side were level seven minutes later, Ben Whitfield turning Anthony Kay’s free-kick beyond Daniel Iversen from close-range but that was to be the last of the good news for the hosts.
After halftime it was all Oldham, Mohamed Maouche’s cheeky backheel gave Latics the lead back less than ten minutes into the second half before Gevaro Nepomuceno made it 3-1 four minutes from time.
He curled a wonderful shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Chris O’Grady then rounded things off nicely and continued his current good spell in front of goal with a strike from close-range in stoppage time.
It left the travelling Oldham Athletic fans singing “He’s one of our own” in the direction of Latics fan and Oldham lad Pete Wild.
The victory closed the gap between Oldham and the playoff places to just five points and moved the team up to eleventh in the table.
Next up is a visit from Notts County on New Years Day.