Author Archives: Leanne Smith

Oldham Athletic’s defence is the key to continuing good 2020 form today against Crewe

Oldham Athletic's ground Boundary Park

Oldham Athletic haven’t lost a game since early January. However, this weekend will see them face a second-placed Crewe Alexandra.

It’s fair to say that Oldham has had their fair share of ups and downs this season. Fans expected a better League Two campaign but manager and player changes have taken a while to get used to.

However, things seem to be gradually changing as Oldham haven’t actually lost since January the 4th. They have also managed to climb to 14th in League Two.

Oldham Athletic's Zak Dearnley
Oldham Athletic’s Zak Dearnley will be looking to score again this week

Oldham’s win over Bradford City

A 3-0 win over Bradford at the weekend proved that Oldham’s style of play is changing. It was also enough for Bradford to sack their manager.

This game saw goals from Zak Dearnley, Jonny Smith and Mohamed Maouche. All of these goals came in the first half and meant they grabbed 3 points.

However, Crewe are flying high at the top of the league and could spoil Oldham’s good run this week.

Oldham Athletic's David Wheater
Ex Bolton Wanderer’s skipper David Wheater proving a great signing at Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic’s defence

David Wheater and Carl Piergianni are proving to be a good pair at the back for Oldham.

Jonny Smith has also impressed fans this season, not only by scoring goals but his whole performances have been inspiring.

Fans enjoyed last weekends performance and are also excited by the new players in this squad. Dino Maamria may want to stick with the same team to try and get the same results.

Keith Hill has options as Bolton Wanderers look to topple Coventry City today

Bolton Wanderers football stadium

Bolton Wanderers will travel to Coventry City this weekend. The Trotters will be looking to make it three games unbeaten in the league against high flying Coventry.

Despite Bolton struggling at the bottom of League One, they managed a solid performance against Tranmere Rovers last weekend. Goals from Dennis Politic and Chris O’Grady gave the Wanderers a clean sheet and three points.

However, this week should be a tougher challenge when they travel to a fifth-placed Coventry City.

Coventry hasn’t lost a league game since December. Although, they have had an extra few games recently as they’ve been competing in the FA Cup.

With the Bolton squad feeling positive from the win over Tranmere, there’s a chance they may be able to take advantage of Coventry’s extra games…

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill
Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill

Keith Hill has options

With that in mind, it’s worth thinking about the team selection that Keith Hill should pick this weekend.

New additions to Hill’s squad such as Ethan Hamilton and Kean Bryan got their debuts against Tranmere. He does have a few other options but should he use them?

There should be a range of players on the bench incase Bolton do struggle. However, this winning side had an outstanding performance last weekend that shouldn’t be changed.

Ex Nottingham Forest player Daryl Murphy is becoming a fan favourite at Bolton

Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy has become a fan favourite at the University of Bolton Stadium this season. He has produced most of their goals this season.

However, it was Chris O’Grady and 19-year-old Dennis Politic who were responsible for the goals against Tranmere.

Hopefully, all three players will be able to contribute towards a solid performance this weekend.

3 Bolton Wanderers January signing’s that you should watch out for

Bolton Wanderers football stadium

The Football Manc Cave is taking a closer look at some of Bolton Wanderers’ January signing’s. We’ve picked out 3 players who should be ones to watch.

In the summer transfer window, Keith Hill had a busy last day bringing as many players in as possible. However, this window was a little less hectic.

With Bolton being stuck at the bottom of League One, it looks like relegation is on the cards. This hasn’t been appealing to some potential signing’s.

It has also meant that some players who have arrived at Bolton have only signed deals until the end of the current season.

With that being said, there are a few signing’s that could be exciting for Keith Hill’s side in the months to come.

Bolton Wanderers Kean Bryan in action
Photo Credit: The Bolton News

Kean Bryan

The 23-year-old has signed for the Wanderers’ until the end of the season. He arrived from Sheffield United very excited to get started.

The defender made his debut this weekend and made a good impression. His lack of game time at the Blades could have effected how he played this weekend.

However, he always looked confident on the ball and seemed to always have time and space.

Bolton Wanderers Ethan Hamilton
Photo Credit: The Bolton News

Ethan Hamilton

The 21-year-old has joined Bolton from Man United. He also played against Tranmere at the weekend.

His ability to win nearly every ball that came in his direction was enough to impress fans and scare the opposition.

The energy that the midfielder also brought to Saturday’s clash, was an exciting element for the future.

Bolton’s new loan signing Anthony Georgiou of Tottenham Hotspur
(Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Anthony Georgiou

The 22-year-old is yet to play for Keith Hill. However, the fact that he has come from Tottenham’s youth team is an exciting enough prospect.

He is another player to only sign for Bolton until the end of the season but the midfielder is someone who fans should look out for.

Salford City fans optimistic following point ‘Not that far of promotion places’

Salford CIty boss Graham Alexander

Despite an own goal giving Port Vale the lead, Salford City managed to get a point this weekend. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at your reactions.

Salford City hasn’t been doing too bad in League Two. This weekend saw them face Port Vale away.

Graham Alexander’s side managed to keep it level until half time. However, Cameron Burgess managed to put the ball in the back of his own net in the 55th minute of the game.

Fans were thankful that Tom Elliot saved the day for Salford City when he managed to equalise in the 75th minute.

The players thought they were unfortunate not to grab a winner. However, this has put Salford 11th in League Two.

Here are your reactions…

Twitter reactions

Rochdale fans react to the last gasp winner ‘Poor Shrewsbury must feel like they’ve been mugged.’

Rochdale defending

An 88th-minute goal meant that Rochdale took all three points against Shrewsbury this weekend. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

The game wasn’t packed with a lot of action and fans seemed to be pretty bored. However, in the 67th minute, 21-year-old Tyler Smith replaced Aaron Wilbraham.

Rochdale fans have been used too late disappointment in games. Although, the late goal in this game went in their favour.

Tyler Smith managed to get his first goal for Dale in the 88th minute. This also was enough for Brian Barry Murphy’s side to take all three points.

However, despite the win, Rochdale fans are still frustrated…

Twitter reactions

Oldham Athletic fans react to their win ‘Just a shame it took the fans to give them a push instead of the manager’

Oldham Athletic's Zak Dearnley

A half-hour set back didn’t affect Oldham Athletic this weekend. They managed a 3-0 win over Bradford City. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

This League Two clash should have kicked off at 3 pm. However, strong winds meant that an advertising board was unsafe.

It was 3.30 pm before the game kicked off but the late start didn’t put Oldham off.

Zak Dearnley opened the scoresheet after 11 minutes. Jonny Smith also grabbed his fourth goal in six games. Finally, Mohamed Maouche got the third goal at the end of the first half.

These three goals were enough for Oldham to take all three points. Jonny Smith was also nominated for player of the weekend by Sky Bet.

Here are your thoughts…

Twitter reactions

‘Don’t change a winning side’ Bolton Wanderers fans react to their win

Two minutes was all it took for Bolton Wanderers to take the lead over Tranmere Rovers this weekend. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at Bolton fans’ reactions.

It was Bolton’s first game this weekend since the transfer window closed. They faced Tranmere Rovers at home.

With a few players returning to their parent clubs but a few new arrivals coming in, fans didn’t know whether to be excited or worried.

However, two minutes was all it took for Keith Hill’s side to take the lead.

19 year old, Dennis Politic opened the scoresheet with a wonderful goal. This definitely gave fans something to shout about as it was also nominated for Sky Bets goal of the day.

Chris O’Grady also managed to find the back of the net in the second half. An outstanding team performance meant Bolton took all 3 points.

Twitter reactions

Man City can edge closer to Liverpool with these 2 key fixtures

Man City boss Pep Guardiola

It is going to be crucial for Man City to pick up as many points as possible in the next few weeks. They need to close the gap on Liverpool.

Liverpool currently sits at the top of the Premier League on 34 points. Man City have now dropped to 4th with 25 points following last weekend’s defeat.

Leicester City and Chelsea have overtaken them recently. Now it is time for the Blues to step up if they want to regain their title for the third time in a row.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost 3-1 to Liverpool last week in a VAR debated game. This caused them to fall behind even more and the gap between the two clubs has opened up.

However, Man City will have to make the most of upcoming games and try to get as many points as possible.

Here are two games that stand out…

Man City v Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s side has recently overtaken Man City in the League. They have gone to 3rd with 26 points.

However, the blues need to take advantage of them. Their team is quite young, which could see them gain from with the experience they have.

Chelsea has also not had many big goal-scoring games. Most have been 2-1 wins. Man City can try to score a few in this game to make sure they take 3 points. They face Chelsea at home next weekend.

Southampton away

This fixture isn’t until April. However, that is closer to the end of the season and it will be a critical time for City in the title race.

That is if a race is still on. Southampton is currently 19th in the League. They only have 8 points. Pep’s side has already played them twice this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side won both meetings. However, this gives them an advantage as they should know what to expect.

Wigan Athletic hope these 2 key fixtures will turn form around

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic fans are getting increasingly frustrated with their team’s performances. Their away form is poor and the results aren’t going their way.

The Latics are currently 20th in the Championship. they sit on 15 points. However, teams below them are catching up.

Luton Town is on 14 points, Middlesbrough is just below on 13, Stoke City are on 11 points and Barnsley is at the bottom on 9 points.

Some fans are getting fed up of manager, Paul Cook. They think it’s his time to go. However, the Wigan team need to focus on each game.

Another criticism that the squad have received, is the fact that they don’t play a full 90 minutes. It’s like the team switch off too early and concede late on.

Wigan also had a poor game at the weekend. They lost 3-0 to Brentford at home and even went 1-0 down after 5 minutes. Cedric Kipre got sent off too.

In a bid to turn these performances around, there are a couple of fixtures that Wigan could take advantage of…

Stoke City away

Next Saturday, Wigan will face Stoke away. Don’t get me wrong, I am aware of Wigan’s poor away form.

I am also aware that Stoke won their last game against Barnsley, 4-2. This means they could be feeling confident ahead of their clash with Wigan.

However, Stoke City is below Wigan in the league and the Latics should take full advantage of that. If they can go ahead early, they should stand a chance of taking all three points.

Wigan Athletic away at Luton Town

On the 7th of December, Wigan will travel to Luton. Even though this is another away clash, like many fans, I hope they will be able to take advantage of the fact Luton are currently below them in the Championship.

Luton’s last win was on the 19th of October against Bristol City. Wigan needs to take advantage of that fact and try to take all 3 points.

If they don’t manage to take the maximum points from at least one of these games, I think fans will make it clear that it is time for Cook to go.

Oldham Athletic’s 2 key fixtures to jump-start season

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

Oldham Athletic are having a tough time down at the bottom of League Two. Even though they have drawn more recently, they need to find wins.

In difficult times for a football club like Oldham, focussing on League Two is something that should be a priority. They recently got knocked out of the Leasing.com Trophy but went through in the FA Cup.

Now it is time to try and get some wins in League Two. Oldham is currently 20th on 16 points. The team’s below them aren’t far behind as only 2-3 points separate them.

Fans are getting fed up with their club. They want change in ownership and management but that doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon.

Therefore, the team will just have to work hard to change things around. They need to start attacking early on in games and defending wins so that they can climb to a safer League position.

With that in mind, here are two fixtures coming up for Oldham that they could take advantage of…

Morecambe away

On Boxing Day, Oldham will travel to Morecambe. They are currently bottom of League Two on 13 points.

If Morecambe doesn’t suddenly improve, Oldham will be able to take advantage of them and try to take an early lead.

Oldham can also aim to improve their goal difference in this game. If they can keep their confidence up, they may be able to score a few in this game. However, they will also have to keep on top of their defence.

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe

Oldham will also have to play Scunthorpe on New Year’s Day. They are also down at the bottom of League Two.

Scunthorpe currently sits on 15 points and if they are still struggling next month, Oldham could take advantage of this fixture too.

So this means that Oldham could give fans a nice Christmas and New Years present if they collect as many points as possible from these fixtures. However, they also face Salford City at home on the 29th if December.

This is a lot of game time to take on in such a short amount of time. Fitness will become a priority.

« Older Entries