SHEFFIELD Wednesday moved into second position in League One after an efficient win over Oldham at Hillsborough.
Headed goals from Gary Madine, Miguel Llera and Ryan Lowe were enough as the Owls overpowered their opposition to move ahead of Sheffield United, who play Rochdale on Tuesday night.
The goal of the day was the opener in the 43rd minute. set up by Llera; he won the ball deep in his own half, ran down the left wing and played a brilliant ball for Gary Madine to bag his 18th goal with a diving header from eight yards and net his reward for an industrious 90 minutes.
Wednesday lacked ruthlessness for most of the first period and found it hard to regain the highs, the energy and the rhythm from the win at Huddersfield.
Oldham created two chances in the first eight minutes: a shot past the post from 25 yards by captain Dean Furman and a close-range header over the bar by Robbie Simpson.
Wednesday also had plenty of defending to do against free kicks and corners in the first 25 minutes.
But they should have been ahead within that period. Michail Antonio intercepted a square pass midway in the Oldham half and ran straight down the middle with only Dean Bouzanis to beat but the keeper blocked his low drive from the edge of the box.
A brave header by Lewis Buxton which left him hurt on the edge of the Oldham box resulted in a decent 38th minute strike, by Chris Lines: an effort curled just wide from 30 yards.
After the break on loan winger Keith Treacy had been on for only five minutes when he set up the second goal. His free kick from the right was guided home by Llera.
Dave Jones freshened it up again by sending on on Ryan Lowe for Nile Ranger, and the sub striker did not disappoint.
A fine flick by Madine found Treacy; his cross was another beauty, this time from the left, and Lowe put away a downward header at the far post.
WEDNESDAY: Bywater, Buxton, Bennett, Batth, Semedo, Llera, Lines, J Johnson, Antonio, Madine, Ranger. Subs: Weaver, Beevers, Prutton, Treacy, Lowe.
OLDHAM: Bouzanis, Brown, Diallo, Tarkowski, Morais, Furman, Adeyemi, Lee, Simpson, Kuqi, Bunn. Subs: Gerrard, Marsh-Brown, Belezika, M’changama, Tounkara.
Referee: Keith Stroud
Read Paul Thompson’s full match report in The Star, Tuesday April 10.