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Deepdale (ATT 9,080) 9th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Mathieson

Preston Preston North End vs Oldham Athletic Oldham

Preston 2

N Wroe (pen 73)
W Hayhurst (90+3)

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Oldham 0

Vital victory for Cumbrians

Last Updated: 06/04/13 6:48pm

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Liam Noble: Amongst the goals

Liam Noble: Amongst the goals

Carlisle took a giant leap towards League One safety with a 2-1 win at struggling Oldham.

Victory moved the Cumbrians above the 50-point barrier, but the Latics remain in deep trouble after their first defeat under new manager Lee Johnson.

Carlisle broke through after nine minutes when Oldham lost the ball cheaply in midfield and Liam Noble advanced before slamming home a shot from 20 yards.

The away side were in total control and made it 2-0 after 33 minutes as Noble's throughball found overlapping full-back Jordan Mustoe, who superbly lobbed goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis from the edge of the box.

Oldham posed their first threat shortly before half-time, Jose Baxter's powerful shot forcing a save from Mark Gillespie.

A treble substitution brought the Latics to life, but Matt Smith's header was hacked off the line by Peter Murphy.

Oldham grabbed a 73rd-minute lifeline as Mustoe tripped Korey Smith inside the box and Baxter sent Gillespie the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Baxter, Matt Smith and Bobby Reid all had good chances to equalise, but Gillespie was in inspired form and Carlisle held on.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40