The Latics secured their Sky Bet League One survival with a draw against local rivals Rochdale, who’s play-off hopes have taken a hit without taking all three points.
Rochdale were in complete control of the proceedings in the first-half, with Calvin Andrew battling his way clean through on goal after just 26 seconds, but hesitation allowed Latics captain Peter Clarke to make a last-ditch tackle.
Dale midfielder Jamie Allen then fed Ian Henderson but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Latics defender Brian Wilson.
Oldham were up against it and the inevitable came via the right foot of Callum Camps. Dale winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing burst past Jamie Stott and drilled the ball into Callum Camps who fired past Connor Ripley into the roof of the net.
Oldham managed to resist the onslaught of attacks from Rochdale and went into the break only 1-0 down, allowing Latics manager John Sheridan to rally his troops and make the necessary tactical changes to improve on a bleak first-half performance
Sheridan got the desired response from his players as they were performing much better in the second-half. Substitute Tope Obadeyi floated a ball into Ousmane Fane but he couldn’t direct his header on target.
Then, the equaliser came. Stott made up for the mistake he made in the build-up to Rochdale’s goal by delivering a great ball from a free-kick on the right-hand side onto the head of Peter Clarke who headed past a static Conrad Logan.
Rochdale responded and the ever-present Mendez-Laing was unfortunate to see a shot deflect just wide of Connor Ripley’s left-hand post after more great work down the flanks.
However, the Latics defence stood strong and managed to grind out the all-important point that secures their survival whereas Keith Hill will be grimacing over what could have been.
Man of the Match – Nathaniel Mendez-Laing