Yeovil went out into the second-half with a clear and sensible strategy. They would try their hardest to score a second goal and put further distance between themselves and the Latics, but would not commit so many men in attack as to leave the defence vulnerable and risk conceding.
Both Davies and Cohen came close to increasing Yeovil's tally within minutes of the restart. Davies' confident run on the right was completed by a fantastic 25 yard shot from a tight angle, which forced Pogliacomi to make a smart one-handed save, tipping the ball over the crossbar. The consequent corner from Davies was almost tucked away by Cohen at the near post, but he struck narrowly wide.
As was to be expected, Oldham showed signs of improvement, as they sought that precious equaliser. They had already displayed beginnings of a quick and slick passing game in the first half, and this duly continued in the second, as they subjected Yeovil's defence to growing pressure. Temporarily on the back-foot, Russell Slade brought Wayne Gray on for Lee Morris, who had performed admirably, in order to facilitate faster and stronger counter-attacks. Cohen was moving well from box to box and provided good support for the strike-duo of Gray and the hard-working Stewart.
Latics manager, John Sheridan, also made a substitution, taking off Craig Rocastle, who rightly received applause from Yeovil fans for his efforts to ensure the club's survival in League One last season. Yeovil nearly wrapped up the points on 71 minutes, when Davies' superb bending free kick, 30 yards out on the left, connected with a powerful diving header from Gray, who was lurking dangerously at the far post, but this golden chance sailed disappointingly wide.
Oldham had been let off the hook and continued to press forwards in search of a goal. Although the Glovers defence largely kept their strikers at close quarters, they managed to muster a couple of dangerous efforts, and Huish underwent a collective sigh of relief when Porter's glancing header from a Liddell corner flew just wide. But the three points increasingly looked like heading Yeovil's way, as time was always running out for the Lancashire outfit, which had made the mammoth journey south to no avail.
Yeovil determinedly held on for the win with some brave defending, Skiverton even getting injured for the cause. When many would have needed a stretcher, Skiverton simply rose to his feet and walked to the side, causing minimal fuss. Despite his eagerness to fight to the death, he had to be substituted by Anthony Tonkin, making his first appearance in green and white since his return to the club. Yeovil could have enlarged the margin minutes before the final whistle, as both Gray and Cohen, from a free kick, came close, but were ultimately satisfied with their hard-fought 1-0 victory.
The grin on the face of Huish Park widened, as news filtered through that Bristol City had lost at Nottingham Forest, thus propelling the Glovers to a lofty 2nd place, which will hopefully be consolidated by a derby victory against City in a fortnight.