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Bescot Stadium (ATT 3,522) 14th January 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Walsall Walsall vs Oldham Athletic Oldham

Walsall 1

S Mantom (65)

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Oldham 0

Spot-kick woe for Oldham's Rooney

Last Updated: 14/01/14 10:30pm

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Adam Rooney: Saw his late penalty saved

Adam Rooney: Saw his late penalty saved

Walsall moved into the play-off places in League One with a 1-0 win over Oldham but had to survive a last-gasp penalty at the Banks's Stadium.

A 65th-minute strike from Sam Mantom clinched the points for the Saddlers, but the home side were indebted to goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell for a brilliant save to keep out substitute Adam Rooney's fierce spot-kick after James Tarkowski had been brought down by Paul Downing.

Both sides played some excellent football and Oldham should have taken the lead in the 10th minute but Charlie MacDonald's close-range drive was beaten out by O'Donnell. Walsall then went close after 34 minutes when Andy Taylor hit a post with a superb free-kick.

Febian Brandy, put straight into the Walsall line-up after returning on-loan from Sheffield United, played his part in the build-up to the winner when Mantom lashed home his third goal of the season from just outside the box.

Oldham piled forward repeatedly but O'Donnell refused to be beaten, making another outstanding save from Gary Harkins' 78th-minute free-kick.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barnsley 0 0
2 Bradford City 0 0
3 Bristol City 0 0
4 Chesterfield 0 0
5 Colchester United 0 0
6 Coventry City 0 0
7 Crawley Town 0 0
8 Crewe Alexandra 0 0
9 Doncaster Rovers 0 0
10 Fleetwood Town 0 0
11 Gillingham 0 0
12 Leyton Orient 0 0
13 Milton Keynes Dons 0 0
14 Notts County 0 0
15 Oldham Athletic 0 0
16 Peterborough United 0 0
17 Port Vale 0 0
18 Preston North End 0 0
19 Rochdale 0 0
20 Scunthorpe United 0 0
21 Sheffield United 0 0
22 Swindon Town 0 0
23 Walsall 0 0
24 Yeovil Town 0 0