REPORT | Oldham Athletic 0-2 Southend United
Blues made it ten games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One with a superb 2-0 win on the road.
Nile Ranger but the visitors ahead before being subbed at half time for Jermaine McGlashan who added a second.
The win takes Blues up to seventh in the league table.
Blues manager Phil Brown made just one change from last weekend’s impressive 3-1 victory against Coventry for the trip to the Sportsdirect.com park, with Will Atkinson returning from injury replacing Luke O’Neill in the starting 11.
The game started brightly, with Oldham creating an early opportunity in the 6th minute as Ladapo dummied the ball into Billy McKay’s path and from the edge of the penalty area the Northern Irishmen dug the ball out of his feet, forcing Mark Oxley into a good save down low to his left hand side.
In the 17th minute Blues took the lead through a magnificent finish by Nile Ranger as the ball was delivered into the box by Anthony Wordsworth from the right hand side, it broke to Jason Demetriou who passed the ball into Ranger, and from around 10 yards out, Ranger who had his back turned away from goal, chipped the ball up, and acrobatically volleyed the ball into the top right corner past Conor Ripley in the Oldham goal.
In a half of few chances, substitute Marc Antoine Fortune, who replaced Simon Cox due to injury, went on a powerful drive down the left wing and cut inside from the edge of the area, but, his tame effort was easily saved by Ripley.
Oldham came out the blocks the quicker of the two teams in the second half, and in the 52nd minute Ryan Flynn went close to finding an equaliser dragging his shot inches wide of Oxley’s right hand post, following a quick one-two with Ladapo on the edge of the area.
However, Southend looked dangerous on the counter attack as Ripley was forced into two good saves firstly from Marc Antoine Fortune who nearly capitalised on a defensive mixup between former Blues player Peter Clarke and Cameron Burgess, but struck his volleyed effort from around 10 yards out into the ground.
Moments later Will Atkinson went close to doubling the lead for the Blues, as his curling effort from 20 yards out looked goal bound, but Ripley pulled of a magnificent save to his left hand side to tip the ball around the post.
The Latics came close to equalising through Ladapo, as substitute Carl Winchester laid the ball off to the Oldham striker from around 18 yards, who drilled an effort just wide of Oxley’s right hand post.
In the 77th minute Blues doubled their lead through Jermaine McGlashan, as he robbed the ball off Charles Dunne on the halfway line, and went in 1 on 1 against Conor Ripley, who saved McGlashan’s first effort, but the Southend man followed up his effort and slid home the rebound to give the Blues a commanding lead.
Blues nearly added a third goal in the dying embers of the game through an Anthony Wordsworth free kick from around 20 yards out, but, Ripley pulled off a world class save, as the ball looked destined to end up in the top right hand corner of the goal.
Today’s win 2-0 win against Oldham means that the Blues have now gone 10 games unbeaten in the league and are building a potential playoff push, this will win give Blues fans a lot to cheer about over Christmas with AFC Wimbledon being the next visitors to Roots Hall on boxing day.