Oldham 2-1 Walsall: Report
Published : 14 Feb 2012 22:31:26Rss feed
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Walsall's relegation worries deepened as they missed an injury-time penalty and slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Oldham.
Alex Cisak was the Latics hero, dramatically saving Alex Nicholls' spot-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Oldham struck after just 73 seconds when Filipe Morais was teed-up by a combination of Keanu Marsh-Brown and Robbie Simpson before smashing a shot in off the crossbar from 12 yards.
Walsall's Florent Cuvelier struck a post with a fierce drive, but the hosts carved out further chances for Shefki Kuqi and Tom Adeyemi.
They extended their lead after 31 minutes when Adeyemi crossed from the right and Simpson controlled smartly before volleying home from eight yards. Simpson also sent two headers off target.
But Walsall made an opening just after the hour mark when substitute Oliver Lancashire prodded off target. The Saddlers grabbed a 74th-minute lifeline through Cuvelier, whose 18-yard shot went straight through Cisak at his near post.
The final twist came after Jean Yves Mvoto was punished for a push on Will Grigg and Cisak dived to his left to tip away the penalty from Nicholls.
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