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Match Report: Oldham 0-3 Southend

24 April 2018

Blues recorded their first win on the road since February at Boundary Park with a 3-0 win to deepen Oldham’s relegation worries.

Chris Powell made four changes for Tuesday night’s trip to Oldham, with Mantom, Harrison, Kyprianou and Cox coming into the side following a series of injuries to the squad.

Southend got off to a perfect start, as inform striker Theo Robinson scored after just six minutes following a corner from the left-hand side by Stephen Mclaughlin, which Shayon Harrison met, but, could only hit the post, however, thankfully for Blues Robinson was there to put the rebound in.

Oldham nearly equalised moments later as Craig Davies flicked on a long ball to Eoin Doyle which saw the former Chesterfield striker put his effort just wide of Oxley’s near post.

The Latics went close again just one minute later, as Wolves loanee Duckens Nazon cut inside on his right foot from the left-hand side and flashed a dangerous effort across goal.

Just quarter of an hour in McLaughlin nearly made it two, following some excellent link up play by Theo Robinson down the right wing, which saw the latter cross the ball into the penalty area, however, the Irishman’s effort went central down the middle of the goal and Johny Placide saved the effort with his feet in the Latics goal.

On the half hour mark Blues survived a scare, as a long throw from the right wing by Tom Hamer was flicked on by George Edmundson to Doyle, whose effort went towards Oxley’s bottom left hand corner which Oxley spilt, and then grabbed the ball at the second attempt as it was about to spin over the goal line.

In the 38th minute Blues were let off the hook again, as Oldham broke with pace through the middle of the park and had an overload down the left-hand side which saw Jack Byrne free who squared the ball across the box towards Doyle from around 10 yards out, however, the striker was on the stretch and his effort went just wide of Oxley’s left-hand post.

Blues started the second half in similar fashion to the first, as they doubled their lead early in the second half through Simon Cox, following a quick counter which was set up by Theo Robinson who slid a great ball into the Irishman, who’s first effort was blocked, however, the ball fell back kindly, and he slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-0.

Moments later, Blues made it 3-0 as Simon Cox completed a quick-fire double, as Mclaughlin went down the left wing and crossed in a perfect ball to Cox at the back post who chested the ball down and fired the ball into the goal from close range.

Just before the hour mark Oldham could not believe that they hadn’t found the net, as a low cross was driven across the penalty area by Doyle, and from point blank range Oxley pulled off an incredible save from substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway to keep his clean sheet intact

Mark Oxley who was a contender for Blues man of the match pulled off another great save from Jack Byrne with just over 10 minutes to go, following an excellent clipped pass by Dan Gardner over the top of the Blues defence.

Blues nearly added a fourth goal with 8 minutes to go, as Jason Demetriou had a free-kick tipped onto the post by Placide in the Oldham goal.

There was a nice touch in stoppage time as Lewis Gard came on to make his first team debut after being subbed on for McLaughlin.

Blues next fixture is at Valley Parade on Saturday and Powell’s side will be confident going into the match following his sides impressive attacking display. 

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