THERE were scenes of celebration at the final whistle, but in keeping with Latics' home habits they were for the opposition as they ended the campaign with barely a whimper.

Oldham had already recorded their worst season at home, and in securing a play-off place on the final day Forest Green Rovers condemned them to a 15th League Two defeat at Boundary Park, and third defeat on the spin as they went down 3-0.

Head coach Keith Curle had encouraged his side to use the final game of the season as a benchmark to gauge how much work they need to do to reach the heights of their opponents next season and challenge for the top seven.

For 45 minutes they were on a par in a goalless first half.

But Forest Green, who had started off nervously, began to chip away at them and after breaking the deadlock just after the hour, that play-off place was plain sailing.

Aaron Collins got the breakthrough from the penalty spot after substitute Jayden Richardson weaved his way into the box and was tripped by Kyle Jameson within minutes of coming off the bench.

Collins turned provider for the second when his cutback was converted by Odin Bailey two minutes later.

Needing a win to confirm their play-off place, their tails were up, while Latics' heads dropped, and Collins completed the job with 10 minutes to go.

The striker went on a solo run and showed terrific composure to round Lawrie Walker in a one-on-one, after beating last man Will Sutton on his Football League debut, and slot in his second of the afternoon.

It was a feeble surrender from Latics, leaving Curle disappointed.

"I think everybody before the game wants to finish the season on a high, but I think you've got to be honest and say success for the football club is that the club has been able to survive this season which shows it has a good structure," he said.

"On the playing side of it, continually not good enough.

"You've got to be honest, the players in that changing room are not good enough.

"We keep on making the same mistakes. Have a look first half, nothing in the game - a team that's vying to get in the play-offs, been up there for the majority of the season, there's no difference in the teams.

"If you looked at it as a spectacle you could say that either team were vying to get into the play-offs. But then the same old mistakes, the same old lacklustre performance comes in the second half and it was error after error.

"The only way you can change it is by changing what's in that changing room and changing the mentality.

"I think the ethos and the culture of the football club needs to completely change. It's been on a downward spiral and it needs to change.

"The owners have come in, it's taken them three years to put a structure in place at the football club whereby everybody's got a role, everybody's got a responsibility and everybody's doing their job.

"At the minute the changing room is letting down the football club massively."

Curle, whose Boundary Park future has yet to be finalised, added: "I'm an honest person and I tell players how it is and they're at the wrong end of the lowest division in the professional pyramid, and consistently they're failing."