Oldham’s relegation fears deepen with loss at Peterborough
Monday 22nd January 2018 @ 11:21 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

EFL League One

Peterborough United 3-0 Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic dropped into the League One relegation zone for the first since the end of September, after suffering a 3-0 loss at playoff chasing Peterborough United on Saturday.

Junior Moras opened the scoring for the hosts in the 53rd minute with a right-footed shot from 20 yards out, before Latics were reduced to ten men 15 minutes later. George Edmundson was sent off in the 68th minute after picking up a second yellow card for pulling back Jack Marriott.

Despite the one-man disadvantage, Oldham responded well and almost drew matters level through Dan Gardner. However, his shot from 20 yards hit the base of the post.

The hosts effectively killed the game in the 84th minute when debutant George Cooper, who signed form Crewe just a few days earlier, took advantage of a neat through ball and slotted home from close range.

Peterborough sealed victory in the dying minutes when Marriott was tripped inside the box by Gardner, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a spot kick. Marriott stepped up and sent Johny Placide the wrong way for his 19th of the season, making him the leagues leading scorer.

The result, which leaves Oldham winless in eight league matches, left manager Richie Wellens frustrated. Speaking to IFollow Latics, he said: “I don’t really know where to start. I thought we were outstanding in the first half, passed the ball well and got into some good areas.

“We had great opportunities after time and time again passing through them but again, we have a lack of movement in the box.

“We need a striker desperately, a good striker at this level who can score goals and can pull off shoulders.

“It’s so frustrating because how is that game 3-0? They are in and around the play offs and we are in and around the relegation places, and you look at the sides before the sending off and we are the better team.

“Sometimes in and around the box we over play. If we had a selfish striker then they would shoot.

“Look at Marriott, he didn’t get involved in the build up play, he just wanted to get in the box and shoot but we don’t have a player like that.

“Davies has chipped in with a few goals recently but he’s a different kind of player.”

Of Edmundon’s dismissal, Wellens said: “It was a second yellow and I have no complaints.

“Kean Bryan is there to sweep up and it’s only on the half way line and there was still a long time to go when he was sent off so it was just a moment of inexperience.”

Oldham’s injury woes continued on Saturday with defender Anthony Gerrard substituted in the first-half after picking up a suspected thigh strain.