The Checkatrade Trophy has its detractors but Oldham’s comeback against Everton U-21’s last night after being 2-0 down at halftime might just give the side the boost they need to improve their League Two campaign.
Latics crowd of 1004 was the lowest since the 1930’s but, the ones who did brave the October temperatures may well be thinking that they witnessed a possible solution to the continued absence of top scorer Sam Surridge.
Both Jonathan Benteke and Ishmael Miller got on the scoresheet last night with Benteke scoring the winner from an acute angle. It was Miller’s first full 90 minutes of the season and if he can remain fit enough and injury free, both he and Benteke must be considered for starting places against Stevenage this weekend.
Playing with a single forward has infuriated Latics fans and many have questioned manager Frankie Bunn’s tactics which have seen Latics slip down the table. Apparently, Bunn’s halftime talk was the catalyst for the second half revival, therefore, he needs to seriously look at his options up front rather than continue with the team selection which has seen Latics pick up just four points in October,
Participating in the Checkatrade Trophy might seem to be pointless by some supporters, however, the £100,000 prize for the Wembley winner would be a welcome payday for the cash-strapped club and could give much-needed relief to the frustrated fans.