Oldham Athletic have started well in League Two and have defied all critics as of writing in terms of the position they find themselves in. This continued with a last gasp winner against managerless Crawley.
The Latics and the Red Devil’s had a quiet opening to the game but it soon came to life when Gevaro Nepomuceno netted his second goal in as many games to give Oldham the lead.
Crawley tried to level straight away but the returning Sam Graham headed away the incoming cross.
Nepomuceno and Baxter combined to nearly double the lead but the Curacao international couldn’t keep his shot down.
A break in play followed as Romain Vincelot went down injured with a change forced and when they restarted Dan Bulman levelled the score with a rebound after Ollie Palmer’s initial effort was palmed away.
Palmer was yet involved again with Nathaniel-George going down dubiously with it seeming to be outside the area for a Crawley penalty.
Missilou who conceded the penalty and the rest of the players will feel they got their retribution if this was the case with Palmer smashing it into the hands of keeper Daniel Iversen.
Both teams had potential chances on goal to take the lead before half time but it went in at the break levelled at 1-1.
In the second half, it was the Greater Manchester club who were putting all the pressure on the back line.
They pushed for a deserved goal and they finally claimed it in the 89th minute with Oldham keeping the corner alive and man-of-the-match George Edmundson crossed it with Sam Surridge tangling with a Crawley defender to head it into the net.
Like against Morecambe it wasn’t a beautiful win but for Oldham they will know for most teams in League Twi winning ugly is the way to do it.
They now move up to sixth in the division and inside the playoff spots as Frankie Bunn’s side seemingly go from strength to strength.
Next up is Barnsley on Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy and then Newport on Saturday. With Iversen and Nepomuceno on international duty, De La Paz will likely deputise in goal but the hope will be that the form continues.