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Match Report: Oldham 1-3 Walsall

19 October 2021

Club News

Match Report: Oldham 1-3 Walsall

19 October 2021

The Saddlers picked up their first three points of the season on the road as two first half goals from Jack Earing and George Miller and a second half strike from Emmanuel Osadebe were enough to secure the win at Boundary Park against Oldham Athletic.

Head Coach Matt Taylor made two changes to the side that picked a point and a clean sheet against Leyton Orient on Saturday as Conor Wilkinson and Tyrese Shade came in in place of Brendan Kiernan and Kieran Phillips. 

It was the home side who had the first meaningful chance of the game as Jack Stobbs delivered a wicked ball into the box but Zak Dearnley could only divert his effort over the bar on the stretch. 

But despite the early chance, things calmed down until just after the half hour mark when the Saddlers took the lead through Earing. 

After good work from Wilkinson on the right, it allowed the right-sided attacker to set the ball back to Earing on the edge of the box and he simply caressed the ball into the bottom right corner past Jayson Leutwiler.

Moments after the Saddlers took the lead, Oldham had a chance to get back level through the level Dylan Bahamboula. 

The ball was passed back to Bahamboula 12 yards out but his shot was initially well saved by Carl Rushworth but with the slick surface, the ball squirmed free and fortunately Rollin Menayese was on hand to clear the rebound. 

Two minutes before the half time whistle and Taylor’s side doubled their lead with just their second chance of the game. 

Earing was involved once again as his flick went into the path of Emmanuel Osadebe who saw his shot blocked but it was blocked directly into the path of Miller who turned on a knife edge and slotted the ball under the helpless Leutwiler. 

Into the second half and it was the home side who came flying out the blocks and after 67 minutes they got their reward for their fast start. 

Following an impressive save from Rushworth down to his right from Hallam Hope, from the resulting corner, Hope spun round the back post and found himself in a pocket of space and his downward header beat Rushworth this time round. 

But with the home side going in search of an equaliser, gaps began to show at the back and with just five minutes to go, the Saddlers put the game to bed as the impressive Osadebe got his deserved goal. 

Throughout the evening, Osadebe had been superb with lung-bursting runs across the pitch and he got a slice of luck as the ball fell into the path of him and he took his time to calmly place the ball beyond Leutwiler in the Latics goal. 

That sealed the victory and the Saddlers earned their first win on the road this season. 

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