Oldham Ahtletic 2 – 0 Leyton Orient
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TWO GOALS in the final 13 minutes sent Orient to defeat at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
The O’s looked on course for a goalless draw at Boundary Park as time ticked by, but the Latics had other ideas to secure the points.
Former Olympiacos striker Matt Derbyshire notched the first following a corner, while his strike partner Jose Baxter made sure of victory shortly afterwards.
Orient offered little in the way of attacking threat as they again struggled to find their consistency following an excellent performance in midweek.
With seven minutes on the clock Ryan Allsop had to make a fine save to deny Baxter, diving to his right to push away the former Everton man’s shot after he got an effort away on the turn.
Six minutes later Baxter was presented with another chance when he was left all alone to meet Lee Crofts’ corner, but his header slammed down into the turf and over the bar.
At the other end, Martin Rowlands forced a low stop from home keeper Dean Bouzanis with a dipping volley after Gary Sawyer’s corner was cleared to the edge of the box.
But in truth, genuine chances were in short supply as defences remained on top in the opening period.
Crofts sliced a shot wide on the half hour mark after Moses Odubajo gave the ball away in midfield and the home side broke quickly.
The O’s backline were doing a good job of containing Oldham’s frontline of Baxter and Derbyshire and they reached the break without further alarm.
The second period began in a similar vein with both sides showing a lack of cutting edge.
On the hour Martin Rowlands almost caught Bouzanis out with a quickly taken free kick that drifted just wide of the far post.
Oldham’s primary threat was from dead balls with the height of centre back Jean-Yves M’voto providing a worry.
The tall defender headed wide from a Crofts delivery on 62, then directed another header straight at Allsop from a Cristian Montano free kick five minutes later.
The decisive moment came 13 minutes from time, with a corner providing the route to goal after Allsop was forced to touch a James Wesolowski shot around the post.
Oldham delivered from the right and Orient couldn’t cope as Cliff Byrne headed goalwards and Derbyshire controlled virtually on the goalline before prodding home.
The hosts then made sure of the points six minutes later as Baxter took aim from 20 yards and found the top right corner with an exquisite effort.
Michael Symes headed way off target from a Dean Cox cross in response, but Orient were again left to reflect on a lack of bite away from home as they slipped to defeat.
Oldham: Bouzanis; Wabara, Byrne, M’voto, Grounds; Crofts, Wesolowski, Simpson (Smith 71), Montano (Sutherland 71); Baxter, Derbyshire
Subs: Cisak (GK), Brown, Tarkowski, Furman, M’Changama
Goals: Derbyshire 77, Baxter 83
Booked: Derbyshire, Wabara
Leyton Orient: Allsop; McSweeney, Clarke, Chorley, Sawyer; Rowlands; Odubajo (Cox 67), Smith, Griffith, Wagstaff; Brunt (Symes 73)
Subs: Jones (GK), Baudry, Laird, James, Mooney
Referee: Scott Duncan
Attendance: 3,919 (171 away)