Tough at the top? Try life at the bottom

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Oldham notched an impressive win against Brentford despite missing three players through international duty. 

The loss of Warren Feeney- who drew many plaudits for his performance for Northern Ireland against Italy on Friday; Kirk Millar and Rodrigue Dikaba cast doubt on whether the game would be rescheduled. 

The club had opted to play the game last week and they were richly rewarded with their first away win since the opening day against Tranmere Rovers. It was a double victory for supporters; who were given the opportunity to make the journey of over 400 miles on a Saturday afternoon rather than a Tuesday night. 

The Latics may well have been facing a side who have been entrenched in the relegation zone for the majority of the season, but they are a team that still have to be beaten after a long journey. The signs that Oldham’s afternoon may not be straightforward were immediately apparent. 

Myles Weston gave the Bees a surprise lead on four minutes after rounding Dean Brill; with the only consolation for Paul Dickov being the fact that his side had not conceded from a set-piece. He received better news ten minutes later when his side drew level.

Dean Furman had scored on the side’s previous visit to London- grabbing the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic in August- and he did the same once again. Unfortunately, this time it wasn’t a long-range screamer as he converted Ousmare Tounkara’s cross. 

Tounkara then provided another; setting up Chris Taylor to continue his recent good goal-scoring form shortly after the break. The win was wrapped up mid-way through the second period as Dale Stephens became the third midfielder to find the target.

Oldham had won every away game in which Stephens had scored this season, so the result was in little doubt from the second he sent the ball beyond Ben Hamer’s outstretched hand. 

It could easily have been so different for Oldham had the home side not been denied two goals. Both Charlie McDonald and Nicky Forster were thwarted by the offside flag in the first-half with the match finely poised at a goal apiece.

Andy Scott’s side will rue their luck, but can have little complaint about either decision. Life is tough at the bottom of the table. 

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