PAUL Scholes will inherit an Oldham side with upward momentum after three second-half goals clinched a deserved 3-0 win away at Crawley Town.

The former Manchester United midfielder was not at The People’s Pension Stadium but watched a live feed of the game ahead of taking over next week on an 18-month contract, after the EFL decided his appointment did not conflict with his part-ownership of Salford City.

Instead, caretaker boss Pete Wild saw his side end a run of three defeats thanks to a superb free kick by Johan Branger, a debut strike from loanee Zak Dearnley and a stoppage-time effort by Gevaro Nepomuceno in the final 20 minutes.

At full-time, Wild admitted the emotions got to him during the match: “This past six weeks has been an excellent learning curve for me and Chris [Millington, coach developer].

“It is something we can be extremely proud of and look back on and take experience from, to make us better coaches.

“If we’re called up to take charge again then we’re better prepared for next time after everything we’ve learnt in this time period.

“It was really emotional to hear the fans singing my name at the end. I want to thank everybody for their support, and for every nice message they’ve given me.

“But it’s not just to me. It’s the players too. It’s all about the players. We’re just a side show and we’re there to make everything runs right.”

The 3-0 was no more than the Latics deserved and the perfect way for Wild to hand over the reins.

They were solid at the back, restricting Crawley’s 13-goal top scorer Ollie Palmer to just once sight of goal and were ruthless when the opportunities presented themselves as the game opened up in the second half.

A gusty wind inhibited both sides’ attempts to play decent football but after Crawley had made the better start the Latics created the best chances in the first half.

Glenn Morris plunged to his left in the 17th minute after Callum Lang’s clever pass set up Mohamed Maouche for a snap shot.

Morris did even better in the 38th minute when he stood up to block Branger’s angled effort.

Crawley’s best first-half moment came right at the end but a sweeping cross-field move ended with David Sesay shooting horribly over from a great position. 

Oldham threatened again in the 58th minute. Morris pushed out Dearnley’s shot and Branger’s follow-up was cleared off the line before Crawley had their best moment.

Filipe Morais’s long ball picked out Palmer in space but his lob bounced inches wide with Daniel Iversen beaten.

It was the last time the hosts threatened as Oldham stepped up the pressure.

The deadlock was broken in the 74th minute when Branger’s free kick from a central position 20 yards out found the top left-hand corner.

Four minutes from time Branger led a break from inside his own half before slipping the ball to Dearnley, who applied a cool finish.

And to round off a great afternoon for the visitors, Nepomuceno found the roof of the net in stoppage time after finding space inside the box.

Wild added: “I’d like to think that we’ve done a good job over the six weeks that we’ve been in charge, and hopefully now we’re passing on a group of players to someone else, whoever that may be, that are ready for the second half of the season.

“Thanks to the owner for giving me this opportunity. Now we can get back and do what we’re used to in the academy.”

Crawley Town: Glenn Morris, Lewis Young, Joe McNerney, George Francomb, Thomas Dallison, David Sesay (Dom Poleon 86), Josh Payne (Matthew Willock 75), Filipe Morais, Panutche Camara, Luke Gambin (Ashley Nathaniel-George 65), Oliver Palmer.

Subs not used: Yusuf Mersin, Joseph Maguire, Dannie Bulman.

Oldham: Daniel Iversen 6, Thomas Hamer 6, Sam Edmundson 6, Peter Clarke 7, Jamie Stott 6 (Zachary Dearnley 53), Johan Branger 8, Chris Missilou 7, Urko Vera 6 (Jose Baxter 68, 6), Mohamed Maouche 7, Gevaro Nepomuceno 7, Callum Lang 7.

Subs not used: Zeus de La Paz, Andy Taylor, Jonathan Benteke.

Referee: John Busby.

Attendance: 2,058 (276 away).