Oldham Athletic 1 (Kusunga 2)
Wolves 1 (Golbourne 37)
Wolves and Oldham fought out an old fashioned blood and thunder FA Cup tie which ended at one all in the rain at Boundary Park with Kenny Jackett’s men hitting back through Scott Golbourne after conceding an early goal.
There were three changes to the team that had drawn at Carlisle in midweek. Jake Cassidy led the attack with Jack Price and Dave Edwards returning in midfield. Dropping out were Leigh Griffiths and Kevin Doyle, who were named as substitutes, and Lee Evans.
Wolves kicked-off defending the end of the ground that housed over 800 of their supporters.
James Henry had a low shot saved by Latics keeper Mark Oxley after just 12 seconds but just a minute later Oldham were ahead. Richard Stearman was pulled up for a challenge on Jonson Clarke-Harris and when James Dayton floated the free-kick into the box Genseric Kusunga rose to power a header into the corner of the net.
Dayton almost grabbed a second in Oldham’s next attack with a drive that flew across the face of goal and inches wide of the far post.
After that initial setback, Wolves began to make inroads on the home defence but three Bakary Sako corners and one from Henry were cleared with relative ease by the home defence.
The rain was absolutely lashing down on an already sodden pitch and Carl Ikeme needed to have his wits about him as a long range shot from Korey Smith skidded across the surface.
Midway through the half there was a great chance for Edwards who sprinted clear onto Sako’s through ball before firing into the side netting.
Stearman’s header from a Sako corner looked destined for the net until James Wesolowski jumped to nod clear off the line.
Wesolowski tried his luck at the other end with a shot from 25-yards but the ball went straight to Ikeme before James Tarkowski cleared a Henry header that looked to be drifting towards the far side of the net after Samuel Ricketts had crossed to the far post.
Edwards had a second one-on-one opportunity when the Oldham defence got in a tangle but he fired just the wrong side of the post with the ball brushing the side netting.
After Oldham’s early threat and goal, Wanderers had slowly got on top and they deserved their 37th minute equaliser as Golbourne got in front of his marker to head in Henry’s cross from the right.
Just before the break, Danny Philliskirk dragged a shot wide of the far post.
Half-Time: Oldham 1 Wolves 1
The Latics made a spirited start to the new half and Adam Rooney blasted a shot narrowly wide from 22-yards.
Wolves responded with Sako getting to the by-line and lashing in a low cross that the keeper palmed into the path of Edwards whose close range shot was deflected behind by a defender.
Edwards figured once more as he got his head to another Sako cross but Tarkowski was there to clear from the heart of a crowded six-yard box.
On the hour mark Doyle replaced Price and shortly afterwards Cassidy went into the book for a late challenge on Jonathan Grounds.
Danny Batth ran in on the far side and powered a header into the side netting after a Sako corner, and as play continued to swing from end to end, Ikeme turned away an angled effort from Kusunga following a quickly taken Oldham free-kick.
Ricketts was shown the yellow card after he had caught Dayton, and then the skipper played his part in a sweeping move involving Doyle and Henry that ended with Golbourne running in at the back post and shooting wide as he was closed down by Kusunga.
Griffiths replaced Cassidy for the closing stages and after Oldham substitute Kirk Millar had fired uncomfortably close to Ikeme’s right-hand post, Oxley had to punch away a fierce effort from Wolves’ leading scorer.
Just before the end Wesolowski was booked for a challenge on Doyle 25-yards out. Sako drilled in the free-kick but the ball deflected off the wall and straight to the keeper.
The final whistle sounded shortly afterwards and the teams will do battle again, at Molineux, on Tuesday week, 19th November.
Latics: Oxley, Grounds, Wesolowski, Kusunga, Tarkowski, Smith (capt), Rooney, Mellor, Clarke-Harris (Millar 80), Dayton, Philliskirk (Montano 72).
Unused subs: Brown, Schmeltz, Winchester, Rachubka, Bove.
Booking: Weslowski (88 – foul).
Wolves: Ikeme, Ricketts (capt), Golbourne, Davis, Batth, Stearman, Henry, Edwards, Cassidy (Griffiths 79), Price (Doyle 60), Sako.
Unused subs: Elokobi, Forde, Sigurdarson, Ebanks-Landell, McCarey.
Bookings: Cassidy (62 – foul), Ricketts (70 – foul).
Referee: G. Eltringham.
Attendance: 3,916 (831 away supporters).