A Robbie Simpson hat-trick destroyed rock bottom Chesterfield.
Superstitious Spireites statistical supporters went into this game pondering what the best result would be.
On only three occasions, once in the league and twice in cup matches, have Chesterfield won at Boundary Park and in all of those seasons, Spireites have ended up being relegated.
With just two points gleaned from the last 24 available, John Sheridan needed to see his side improve, and quickly. And there was no better match to get the points tally ticking over again.
Prior to moving to Chesterfield, Sheridan was a player, coach and manager of Oldham and spent 11 years at Boundary Park. He was manager for the best part of three seasons.
There was a bit of a flap ahead of kick-off. Spireites’ nominated line-up included six loan players, with Lee Johnson on the bench, and the error was spotted by the Green’Un correspondent, who dashed down to the visiting dressing room to point out the error which could have led to a problem and a fine later on down the line. Simon Ford was quickly called up to replace Johnson on the bench.
Oldham’s fans gave the returning management trio of Sheridan, Tommy Wright and Mark Crossley a great reception as they took their place on the touchline.
Spireites were up against it after just three minutes. Kuqi handballed on the attacking box-edge but the ball fell to Mattis, so the ref waved on advantage. However the Chesterfield man slid the ball straight to LEE, signed for Oldham from Manchester United by Sheridan, and he hammered home from 25 yards, Scapuzzi and Black got the better of Odebayi and Talbot and Black’s cross was easily converted from six yards by SIMPSON.
Clarke’s angled shot was tipped just wide for a corner in a rare Spireites raid.
Allott was booked for a foul on Simpson and then another ex-Oldham man, Trotman, upended Scapuzzi just outside the box and from the free-kick, with just 16 minutes played, SIMPSON curled in the ball to add to Chesterfield’s embarrassment
Obadeyi hit a left footer just wide and he also forced Cisak into a decent save with a long ranger but the visitors were hardly causing their hosts any real headaches until the half hour mark when Talbot’s cross was headed in by WESTCARR.
But the thought of a comeback was short lived.
Oldham hustled the Chesterfield midfield who retreated from attack to defence and Grounds hit a dreadful backpass to Soderberg, allowing SIMPSON to get a touch and recover ahead of the keeper to roll the ball home for his hat-trick.
Oldham 4 Spireites 1
Oldham extended their lead on 57 minutes. Smith fouled Taylor and Simpson delivered the long free kick right on to the head of KUQI who converted from close range.
With the loan window set to close on Thursday, few Chesterfield connections will hope it passes without further action. Despite already having half a dozen borrowed men on the roster, the squad desperately needs strengthening.
CLARKE poked the ball home from a couple of feet out from Obadeyi’s cross.
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