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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16