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Oldham Athletic Preview - A look at our penultimate home fixture

19 April 2021

Fixture News

Oldham Athletic Preview - A look at our penultimate home fixture

19 April 2021

Town welcome Oldham Athletic to the Envirovent Stadium on Tuesday evening for our penultimate home fixture of the season.

And having guaranteed EFL status with the 2-1 victory over Bradford City on Saturday Simon Weaver will be hoping his side can end the season on a high over the course of the final weeks of the season.

Recent form

Town will be aiming to the double over Oldham, with George Thomson's brace delivering a 2-1 victory at Boundary Park on Boxing Day.

The Latics parted company with Harry Kewell in early March, with the former Leeds and Liverpool man replaced by Keith Curle.

Not only are they the top scorers in the division with 67, they also have the leakiest defence having conceded 72 with their fixtures averaging over three goals per game.

They come into the game on the back of an entertaining 4-3 defeat at Morecambe on Saturday and currently lie in 17th position, one place and two points back from Town.

The Man in Charge

Curle has won three of the ten games he has been in charge for, taking 12 points in the process.

He has managed a handful of clubs in the EFL, most recently Northampton Town who he guided to promotion from League Two last season.

He also had a stellar playing career, making over 700 appearances, most notably for Wimbledon, Manchester City and Wolves, also winning three England caps and was part of the Euro ‘92 squad.

Ones to Watch

Finding the net hasn't been difficult for the Latics this season, with Conor McAleny leading the way with 18, and he comes into the game on a purple patch of form. Davis Keillor-Dunn has also hit double figures with 10 as well as contributing six assists.

The exciting Dhylan Bahamboula will be one sure to test Town's defence from the attacking positions and he has five goals and eight assists, including a couple of spectacular finishes in his collection.

At the back is a familiar face in veteran Carl Piergianni, whom fans will recall from his days at Salford City.

Recent history

For much of their history the club competed outside of the top two divisions. The Latics heyday though came in the 1990's under Joe Royle and promotion was earned enabling the club to be one of the founder members of the Premier League.
Members of Royle's squad, such as Earl Barrett, Paul Warhurst and Dennis Irwin, subsequently made moves to bigger clubs and received international recognition, also netting the club significant transfer fees in the process.

During this time they reached the League Cup final as well as two FA Cup semi-finals but the club were relegated from the top flight in 1994 with Royle then departing for Everton. Former player Graham Sharp took charge but he failed to return them to the top flight and they were further relegated in 1997.

A string of managers tried and failed to get the club out of the third tier, often amidst off-field financial issues and the Latics were eventually relegated to League Two in 2018, for the first time in almost 50 years, where they have resided since.

Team News

Town will be without Josh March, Simon Power and Aaron Martin and there will be a late decision on Dan Jones following the injury that forced him off against Bradford on Saturday.


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