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Match Report: Oldham Athletic 5-2 Chesterfield

Sunday 20th November 2011
Oldham Athletic thrashed Chesterfield 5-2 in a sparkling first half from the home side, Kieran Lee opened the scoring but it was over shadowed by a magnificent first half hat-trick from Robbie Simpson. Chesterfields two conciliation goals came from Craig Westcarr and Leon Clarke. This was a return to Boundary Park that John Sheridan will want to forget after he returned there with his Chesterfield side after 5 years and was looking to bounce back after his sides F.A. Cup defeat to Torquay, Oldham had not lost in their last 2 games and was looking to make it three matches without a loss.

The game was only 3 minutes old when a Shefki Kuqi pass found Lee who's 25 yard strike whistled into the bottom corner past Ole Soderberg in the Sparrow's goal, Oldham looked to force the play and in the opening exchanges gave Chesterfield no room to pass, 11 minutes in and Oldham doubled their lead when great, link up play between Luca Scapuzzi and Paul Black, Black's low cross was met at the front post by Simpson to calmly curled the ball in. it's been 8 games since Chesterfield had won by more than 1 goal and the comeback looked unlikely, however it looked like The Sparrow's had finally got their act together and their first shot on goal was when Clarke flashed a shot wide of Alex Cisak's right hand post. Chesterfield were tough in the tackle and made it clear that Oldham would have a real battle on their hands but that all but ended when a superb free kick was fired into the top corner by Simpson after Scapuzzi was brought down 20 yards from goal, only 17 minutes in and Oldham looked in scintillating form, Oldham boast an impressive record against Chesterfield only losing 9 of their 38 encounters and their 39th one would surely go down as an Oldham win.

Chesterfield looked to rally and get themselves back in the game with Tope Obadeyi and Westcarr coming close, Clarke played a part in both chances. Shortly after that Sheridan's side grabbed a lifeline when Drew Talbot floated a good cross in for Westcarr to head in his 6th of the season. Just when Chesterfield looked to get back into the game they hit the self-destruct button, an awful back pass by Jonathan Grounds allowed Simpson to nip in and get a bit of luck as the ball slid under the keeper only for Simpson to tap into an empty net completing his hat-trick.

The Sparrow's looked powerless and could have easily have found themselves even further behind when Simpson hit his 30 yard shot wide and Scapuzzi and Kuqi linked up again to cause the Chesterfield back four problems but tight defending meant that Scapuzzi couldn't get his shot away, besides Simpson Scapuzzi was player of the half for Latics, having the beating of Talbot on every occasion and was a constant menace to pick up.

As the half time whistle blew Oldham deserved their lead against a toothless Chesterfield side who could end up bottom of League One if results didn't go their way.

Chesterfield looked to put their first Half mauling to the back of their minds as Westcarr and Clarke looked to rough up the Latics defence at the start of the 2nd half but with so many going forward to reduce the deficit they left themselves vulnerable at the back and Chris Taylor led a number of counter attacks and keeper Soderberg had a very busy night as Oldham attacked in numbers with Taylor, Lee, Kuqi and Scapuzzi all coming close in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half.

Just before the hour mark hat-trick hero Simpson then turned provider as his free kick from the right was floated into the box for Kuqi to rise above everybody to nod in his 12th of the season, his 8th in the league.

Chesterfield could not deal with Latics' stubborn defence and had resorted to the high ball but to no avail, Oldhams slick ground play then torn John Sheridan's side apart again and had a big penalty shout turned down when a shot from Simpson struck Neal Trotman, the referee waved away the appeals.

A solid home side began to get sloppy giving the ball away in dangerous areas and could have been punished if Westcarr's and Clarke's finishing was more accurate. The away team tried to keep things tight and keep the formidable attack of Oldham's at bay with tough tackling in the midfield which earned Alex Mendy a yellow card. Oldham controlled the final 15 minutes of the 2nd half and looked to frustrate Chesterfield, Kuqi was the ideal target man for the home side and looked dangerous every time he got on the ball creating chances for both himself and the Taylor and sub Tom Adeyemi who none of them could find the back of the net

The away side grabbed a 2nd conciliation when a good cross Odadeyi missed both Oldham centre halfs and left Clarke 2 yards out to tap in with Cisak rooted to the spot. The final chance of the game went to the home side when the instrumental Kuqi chested down for Taylor who could only put his 10 yard effort well over the bar.

Oldham climb 2 places to 12th while Chesterfield slump to the foot of the table, looks like it's back to the drawing board for John Sheridan and his side who's return to his former club will not be one he will cherish. Oldham steamrollered their opposition and look towards Bradford in the St. Johnstones Paint Trophy with tremendous confidence, it ended Oldham 5 Chesterfield 2.
Ryan Conway
Aspiring sports journalist, currently studying at Huddersfield University. Twitter: @razzamuffin92

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