Saddlers too good for Latics
Last Updated: February 2, 2013 6:26pm
Jamie Paterson: At the double
Second-half brace from Jamie Paterson helped Walsall come from behind to beat Oldham 3-1 and pile the pressure on boss Paul Dickov.
Oldham, who knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup last week, fielded three new players but still stuggled against a lively Saddlers who have won five of their last six matches.
Oldham were the better side at the start and after missing a couple of chances Lee Barnard, on loan from Southampton, put them ahead with a fine header from Lee Croft's cross in the 19th minute.
A minute later Walsall should have been level, but Will Grigg failed to beat Dean Bouzanis with a close-range header from Sam Mantom's cross.
The Saddlers did equalise, however, five minutes from half-time when the recalled Andy Taylor found James Baxendale, who cut in from the left and scored his fourth of the season with a low shot from a tight angle.
A minute later Febian Brandy hit the inside of a post with the Latics keeper beaten.
Paterson put Walsall in front for the first time after 74 minutes with a 25-yard drive after good work by Adam Chambers, who also set up Paterson to beat a defender and hit number three for Walsall in stoppage time.
npower League 1
Sat 2nd Feb
Bury2 - 0Doncaster
Crewe1 - 0Scunthorpe
MK Dons0 - 3Bournemth
Stevenage0 - 1Leyton Or
Walsall3 - 1Oldham
Portsmouth2 - 3Colchester
Hartlepool2 - 1Notts Co
Yeovil3 - 0Brentford
Tranmere0 - 1Carlisle
Preston1 - 2Shrewsbury
Crawley1 - 1Swindon
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