Playing an unchanged side is always a bonus for any manager. For Oldham’s Frankie Bunn, selecting the same players shows that we are free from injury for another week. Having an extremely small squad might be a major problem for some managers but it is part of the everyday situation at Boundary Park.
There is little or no ‘tinkering’ with selection, Bunn has been playing his best side and the results have been positive. Following Latics’ emphatic win over Bury last weekend, they face Exeter who are looking to keep themselves in the play off places. The South West club aren’t having the best run of form however and can be be overtaken by Latics if the three points go to the home side.
Exeter have no doubt studied recent Oldham games and they will be well aware of the threat posed by two particular players who, when fit and available are automatic choices by Bunn. Midfield has seen a particularly pleasing improvement and the one player who has stood out as the most improved is:
Born in Willemstad, Curaçao (it’s in the South Caribbean) and raised in the Netherlands, Nepomuceno started playing football when he was 12 years old. After a couple of years with Dutch club Fortuna Sittard and
Romanian side Petrolul Ploiești, Gevaro signed for Latics in September 2017 on a one year contract with the option of a further year.
There is little doubt that he has played a key role in the upturn in Latics fortunes with several assists and match winning performances. If there’s a list of players who Exeter have targeted to beware of, Gevaro will certainly be on it. It is the Latics forward line which made the news last weekend though with a hat-trick from Chris O’Grady and a clever looping header from:
Sam has only figured in 15 games this season and it is to be hoped that he has left his bad luck with injury behind him. Without doubt, Surridge is a class player with good balance and an eye for goal. It may have been O’Grady who made the headlines last weekend but not taking the threat of Surridge seriously is a mistake not many teams want to make. Needless to say, both players will be an automatic choice for Frankie Bunn hoping to take Latics into the play off places.