Saints hit Oldham for six!
Oldham 0, Saints 6
Last season’s visit to Oldham produced a fine performance, perhaps the first time Alan Pardew’s team really gelled together. For this year’s corresponding fixture, Nigel Adkins’ squad went several degrees further and gave the 463 travelling fans a night to remember.
In the ninth minute, Lambert unselfishly pulled the ball back for Chamberlain to score from close range, and Saints were on their way. On 40 minutes, Lallana showed that he has learnt that you can profit unexpectedly from an early shot, but he won’t find many goalkeepers as obliging as Manchester United loanee Amos who let the ball go clean through his legs.
Chamberlain then had a chance to seal the game, but he shot wide and at the other end Oldham nearly made things uncomfortable when Tounkara beat Davis to a cross that he headed against the post. The striker would have watched in horror as a team-mate failed to find an empty net, but he only has himself to blame for missing the target when the ball came back to him with the line still unguarded.
The third goal that put Saints out of sight arrived on 52 minutes – Lambert again the provider as Do Prado scored his customary goal with a first time shot.
There then followed the most one-sided half hour or so of football we’ve seen for a long time, starting with a fine shot from Chamberlain that was ruled out for offside. After another miss, Saints notched number four when Chaplow lashed the loose ball into the top of the net from the edge of the area, and the fifth followed when Lambert tapped home after Amos had saved from Gobern.
Oldham’s misery was only complete when another substitute, Barnard, ran clear and converted a one-on-one situation with embarrassing ease. “Nigel, Nigel take a bow” was the cry from the only stand that hadn’t been deserted, as Saints fans recognised an awesome team performance that saw six different goalscorers and everyone making significant contributions (except our underworked goalkeeper, obviously!).
LSSC Man of the Match: Rickie Lambert, with two assists at important times to add to a goal of his own.
15 Jaidi (Seaborne 80)
20 Lallana (Gobern 74)
26 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Barnard 84)