LATICS rediscovered their attacking mojo to hand Keith Curle a second win in charge against a poor Crawley side.

After 11 games without a goal, Conor McAleny scored twice to take him to 18 goals for the season either side of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s first in Oldham colours.

Dylan Bahmaboula then added the fourth deep into added time.

Curle had pulled no punches after the Good Friday defeat against Stevenage and saw a reaction from his side here with the season threatening to meander to a conclusion.

Crawley were abject, the Red Devils now six without a win, but Latics made them pay with some fine play in the final third, hopes of a clean sheet going late on thanks to James Tilley’s goal.  

Curle made three changes for the second game of the Easter weekend.

Bahamboula was straight back into the starting line-up on his return from international duty with Congo, replacing Ben Garrity.

It was also all change at wing back with Dylan Fage and Borthwick-Jackson in for Nicky Adams and Andrea Badan.

Latics started at a good tempo and did not let Crawley into the game.

Arsenal loanee Harry Clarke was in the thick of the early action, seeing a tame shot saved just before the quarter hour.

After a couple of promising breaks from Bahamboula, Glenn Morris produced a sharp double save to keep the scores level. A short corner was well-worked and the Crawley keeper first denied Callum Whelan before also keeping out Davis Keillor-Dunn’s follow-up.

There was a let off for Latics 26 minutes in, Kyle Jameson’s loose clearance fell to the feet of Sam Matthews on the edge of the area but his shot was high and wide.

It was then the same end result for Alfie McCalmont shortly after when a Keillor-Dunn cross sat up nicely for the Leeds loanee.

Latics continued to have the better of things and McAleny burst through on the half hour but under pressure could not make proper contract and Morris saved easily.

McCalmont’s teasing ball was just out of the reach of Fage in Oldham’s next meaningful attack before the visitors finally made their dominance count.

Latics broke and having missed an earlier chance to play him in, Keillor-Dunn fed McAleny who on his left foot hammered home five minutes before the interval.

And it was two goals in two minutes when Fage’s cross-field ball found Borthwick-Jackson in behind and he drilled a low shot beyond Morris.

It was nearly three on 44 minutes but after breezing past his man, Bahamboula’s effort was straight at the ‘keeper.

Tom Nichols fired over for the hosts just before the interval and John Yems would have wanted a real response from his side in the second period.

But McAleny doubled his tally just two minutes into the second half, taking a long ball over the top and poking beyond the on-rushing Morris.

Keillor-Dunn then looked to get in on the act but his shot across the face of goal was helped beyond the far post by a fingertip save from a diving Morris.

With confidence flowing through them Latics kept coming and Borthwick-Jackson fired in another effort that was not far wide of the mark.

The hosts were out of ideas and three goals down, things became a bit niggly after one heavy Tony Craig challenge on Bahamboula. The Congo international picked himself up to take the free-kick and brought a low save from Morris.

Substitutions from both sides then stifled the flow of the game and there was no real pattern to the closing stages.

Latics had some defending to do and looked to be heading for a clean sheet when Laurie Walker kept out a Nichols free-kick late in the piece. But from the resulting corner the ball broke to substitute Tilley and he fired home past a frustrated Walker.

Any thoughts of a nervy finish ended when Bahamboula got his goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time, converting after Nicky Adams’ initial effort had been saved.