Second-half goals from Lewis Guy and Dale Stephens helped Oldham ease any relegation worries with a 2-1 win over Carlisle at Brunton Park.

All three goals in a match which only burst into light after the interval came in a 14-minute spell with Gary Madine pulling one back with a header for Carlisle.

In an error-strewn first half the best of a limited number of chances came as a result of defensive errors.

Richard Keogh put Carlisle in trouble with a cross-field ball intended for Evan Horwood which was intercepted by Deane Smalley. The Oldham midfielder had a clear run in from the right but was unable to find the target with his shot.

It took a positive run by Smalley to set up Oldham's first goal in the 55th minute. Breaking from midfield he ran at the heart of the Carlisle defence before turning the ball inside to Guy who clipped his shot under diving keeper Adam Collin and in to the far corner from six yards.

Smalley was again Latics provider in chief in the 65th minute, working space on the right to send in a low ball which Stephens fired home from close-range after Colin had failed to gather.

Carlisle smashed a goal back four minutes after Flahavan had tipped Madine's volley over the bar for a corner.

From Clayton's corner Madine was on hand to squeeze a stooping header in at the far post.

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