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Two Oldham Athletic players that need to shine for Binade against Blackburn Rovers

Laurent Banide could find a pass this season if he can take his team far in the Carabao Cup. But he needs these two Oldham Athletic players to show up to see them past Blackburn Rovers…

Oldham Athletic was keen on beginning the season under new manager Laurent Banide, as the Frenchman looks to take Oldham Athletic to the other end of the table.

Unfortunately for the Latics, they currently find themselves on zero points after two games in League Two. They have played both home and away and have been outplayed on both occasions, suffering from less possession and fewer passes than their opponents.

Banide’s side was dominated by a strong Forest Green. But was also easily bested by a Crewe side who was recently obliterated by Plymouth Argyle. This shows that Oldham is unable to match not only the top teams but the fairly average teams also.

Regardless, Banide’s Latics will go toe to toe against Championship’s Blackburn Rovers. They currently find themselves on zero points after two games. Though they have faced very fierce opponents in Fulham and Charlton.

Should Oldham cause an upset in this game, they would need moments of brilliance from the quality they have, as it appears the reigns of Banide aren’t controlling much thus far.

The Football Manc Cave bring you the two players who can lead Oldham Athletic to victory in this big League Cup tie…

Scott Wilson

Banide has started Wilson upfront in both games of the league so far. It appears that he is in favour with the manager and that the Latics believe he can be their goalscorer. The 26-year-old Englishman Scott Wilson scored 14 and assisted 5 for Macclesfield in the 17/18 National League, and continued with 10 goals and 2 assists for the same side in the 18/19 EFL League Two.

Now in the Oldham Athletic strip, Wilson needs to take his game up a level and live up to the trust placed in him by the manager. A winning goal in a cup game against a tough opponent would kick start his career with Oldham.

Chris Eagles

Another recent acquisition for the side is ex-Man Utd and Burnley man Chris Eagles. The 33-year-old is still kicking it. Against such a tough opponent, Oldham Athletic must utilize the experience and quality they have in Eagles.

He has faced teams of all strength and sizes and will be able to set the bar for his teammates against a team who, on paper, beat them with ease.

Blackburn Rovers will be hoping their Rochdale loanee comes back with these two qualities

Rochdale have revealed that they have signed defender, Tyler Magloire from Blackburn Rovers. The Football Manc Cave is exploring what he will bring to the Dale.

The 20-year-old has joined the Rochdale side on a loan deal from Blackburn. Magloire has stated how, when he heard of the interest that Rochdale had shown, the move was put to the top of his list.

The defender has been with Blackburn Rovers since he was 9 years old, and has worked his way up to the first team from the academy ranks. This loan should give him some experience on the pitch and we are looking at the qualities he will bring to the Dale…


Obviously, Blackburn Rovers are in the Championship and Magloire has had experience in that league. He should bring a different level of football experience with him and be able to keep up in League One. He’s got a long term plan with Rovers that sees his contract run until 2022, so the plan looks like it could be to send him out on loan for a year then he will be ready to step back up into the Championship. The youngster comes as a highly rated defender and Brian Barry-Murphy will help him settle into the squad.


The product of Blackburn’s youth has pushed himself through the ranks of the club, and even managed to earn the Captain’s armband of the under 23’s squad. He’s also made a couple of first-team appearances with the Rovers which will give him the confidence he needs to join Dale. Obviously he will not be the Captain as he joins Rochdale, however, his past leadership experience will help him as he slots into the defence that will need to communicate at the back throughout the season.

Tyler will take the number 21 shirt for his season ahead. We’re sure this move will benefit not only Rochdale, as they get a new defender, but also the 20-year-old who will be able to make a name for himself and gain some recognition.

What can Blackburn Rovers defender bring to Wigan Athletic?

Wigan Athletic faced a nervous overnight wait, to find out whether the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers defender Charlie Mulgrew was completed in time. Thankfully, it was.

The Latics completed three deadline day signings, Mulgrew, Tom Pearce from Leeds and youngster Bright Enobakhare on loan from Wolves, which rounded off a successful transfer window for the club.

Mulgrew will presumably be drafted straight into the squad for tomorrow’s game vs Preston.

Let’s take a look at why Paul Cook has opted to sign the former Scottish international…

Can fit into a back three

Cook has tried the 3-5-2 formation throughout pre-season and switched to that style last week in the late stages of the match vs Cardiff City. We only had three central defenders on the books, prior to Mulgrew signing, and Fox was the only one that is confident playing out from the back.

It’s important for the three defenders to be comfortable receiving the ball, and have the ability to carry it out of defence and start attacks. Mulgrew can do that. Although his best years may be behind him, he could slot into the middle centre back role, still win balls into the box and play us out of danger.

Set-piece specialist

In all my years watching Wigan, I’ve never seen us have a player that can consistently take a good corner. Mulgrew SCORED three direct corners last season, he must be pretty good. When Blackburn was promoted in 2017/18, finishing 2nd behind us, he scored 10 goals. The majority from free-kicks and penalties. Although you don’t play a centre back because of his attacking threat, it’s always an added bonus.

I’m seeing it now, starting tomorrow his first touch in a Latics shirt will be a 40-yard free-kick into the top corner, if dreams come true.

What are Blackburn Rovers getting from former Wigan Athletic ‘keeper

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Christian Walton, on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what the young ‘keeper will offer Rovers next season.

Well, in the two seasons he was at Wigan Athletic, we won a league title and secured safety in the Championship, and he’s been a big part of that – so he’s done well.

Future England No1?

Walton is very highly regarded at Brighton and tipped not only to be their number one in a few years, but also England’s. He signed a five-year contract last year, before signing for us on loan again.

In all honesty, Walton has a lot of learning to do, however, he’s becoming more and more experienced, while playing at a good level. He started last season very well, contributing to our brilliant home form.

Against Leeds Utd at home, live on Sky surprisingly, he made a howler and we lost the game 1-2. Since then, he was never the same. His confidence looked shot and he was actually dropped for a short time.

I’m no goalkeeping expert, however, as a fan sitting in the stands, he never filled with me with a great detail of confidence. He’s just not commanding or brave enough, there were crosses coming into his six-yard box, and he was glued to his line. Similarly, if through balls are a touch heavy from the opposing team, Walton was very slow to recognise that.

The 23 year-olds best attribute is undoubtedly his shot-stopping. Outstanding. From close or long-range, he’s brilliant at getting down and has very strong hands. On the other hand, his kicking is poor. His goal-kicks are average, but dealing with back-passes is a big problem as he just seems to panic.

I think Walton has a good future ahead of him. It’s a move that will benefit all parties, he’ll do a solid job for Blackburn, and head back to Brighton a better player.

Blackburn Rovers eye up a move for Man City’s 21y/o defender

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Rovers are lining up a loan move for Man City defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Championship rival West Bromwich Albion, playing 36 times as The Baggies reached the play-offs, finishing fourth, before losing to arch-rivals Aston Villa in the semi-finals on penalties.

Adarabioyo is predominantly a central defender, playing much of his Man City youth days in this position. However, he lined up as a right-back for the majority of the last campaign, proving his versatility and ability to play across the back four.

A move for the Premier League youngster is believed to be nearing completion. Tony Mowbray has so far added Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson and Sam Gallagher to his ranks, Adarabioyo would be Rovers’ first loan signing of the summer.

Mowbray saw his side concede 69 goals in 46 league matches last season, including having the leakiest away defence in the league. The departures of Paul Downing and Jack Rodwell will force the boss to strengthen his defensive options.

Adarabioyo would add height and physicality to a threadbare Rovers backline. He’s very confident on the ball, and happy to both attack and defend if playing full back.

Rovers have so far added quality and experience, in particular with the signings of Downing and Johnson. Gallagher was an expensive buy, however, has bags of potential and now the move is permanent, has a chance to really express himself and make the number nine spot his own.

Perhaps Mowbray is on the hunt for young talent on loan, who can freshen up his experienced side, providing him with a selection headache for their opening match on August 3rd. Adarabioyo would kick-off this trend, the youngster would be a good signing for Blackburn.

Good additions? Former Blackburn Rovers & Preston North End players training with Bolton Wanderers

According to EFL Transfer News on thier Twitter page, Craig Conway and Ben Pringle are in training with Bolton Wanderers. Today at the Football Manc Cave, we look at what they could bring to the club in a time of need.

As all Bolton fans know, there’s been so many problems behind the scenes and as they go into League One, they are in desperate need of players. Now it’s being said that former Blackburn Rovers man, Craig Conway and former Preston North End midfielder Ben Pringle are both in training with the Whites.

It’s safe to say that fans will take any signing at the moment. For people who want to know more about the pair, we take a look if they’ll be good additions to the trotters…

Craig Conway

Conway is now 34 years old. He’s comfortable as a winger and has previously played for the likes of Dundee, Cardiff and most recently, Blackburn Rovers. In May, Conway confirmed that he would be leaving Ewood Park after five and a half years when his contract expired.

Now he will be in need of another club as the new season starts and Bolton could be his number one option. Some say he’s too old and past it and he has been known to suffer from injuries quite often, however, Bolton will be looking to take on anyone they can convince to sign. The winger could be a good addition to the side as he’s older and has more experience than most youngsters in the current squad.

Ben Pringle

The 30-year-old midfielder has sure been around. After spending his youth at West Brom, he joined a whole host of clubs from Derby, Rotherham and Fulham to Preston, Oldham and Tranmere. He’s spent a lot of his career on loan to other teams to give him break out opportunities. The ex-Grimsby star also has had a few achievements such as being listed in the 2013/2014 Football League One PFA Team Of The Year. He was also named as man of the match in a game against Bolton back in 2015 when he played for Rotherham.

Again, Bolton fans would be happy to see a signing and he might be someone that can make a difference. Hopefully, instead of a loan spell like he’s used to, he’ll sign a permanent contract if a deal can be made and he may help in getting Bolton back on top again.

It’s a case of trailist & error for Bury FC

Nobody who follows the comedy show at Bury FC will have been surprised by Saturday’s teamsheet at non-league Nantwich Town.

The Shakers began their season with a 1-1 draw and for a period in the second half had the lead.

Nobody quite knows where this season will end for Paul Wilkinson’s side, although one thing we can all guarantee is that it won’t be short of drama.

And all the fun and games began around 2 pm on Saturday when the team sheets were handed out.

Every player listed was noted as a trialist, summing up perfectly the current situation at Gigg Lane.

Owner Steve Dale made a rare appearance at the Weaver Stadium on Saturday, spotted wearing a club coat sat next to former Cardiff City manager Dave Jone who is helping run the football side of the business.

The club is still for sale, although no take-over looks to be completed any day soon.

Jones did suggest light at the end of the tunnel though, saying ‘The club is safe, you will have a club come the start of the season. I have never lied to a supporter’.

Jordan Archer was the mystery man on the scoresheet, yet The Dabbers bounced back through Joe Mwasile.

The Shakers next friendly is a week on Wednesday against championship outfit Blackburn Rovers. The Lancashire club will no doubt provide a stern test for whoever wears the white and blue shirt.

The quantity of trialists on show next week is an interesting question and a teamsheet not to be missed.

Blackburn Rovers new signing from Derby County can aid top-six push – Agree?

Blackburn Rovers has completed the signing of midfielder Bradley Johnson on a free transfer from Derby County.

The 32-year-old has over 500 career appearances for Derby, Leeds Utd and Norwich City. He was a pivotal part of The Canaries side that won promotion to the Premier League, during a four-year stay at Carrow Road.

After helping Derby reach the play-off final last season, Johnson was looking for first-team football and a new challenge.

So, what will be bring to Ewood Park…

Goals from midfield

There’s constant pressure on Bradley Dack at Blackburn, to chip in with goals to support Danny Graham up front. Dack is a very good player, however, do Rovers rely on him a little too much? If he missed a long spell through injury or suspension, I’d be worried if I was a Blackburn fan whether they’d score enough goals.

Johnson can release some of that pressure, he scored 15 goals during the season when Norwich was promoted. If he’s given the freedom to attack, Johnson’s got a cracking left foot and is still capable of hurting any Championship opposition.


Johnson is Blackburn’s second summer signing after Stewart Downing. Both have experience of winning promotion from the Championship. Which suggests that Tony Mowbray feels he needed to add a few ‘older heads’ to the talented, young squad that he has.

Blackburn made a late run for the playoffs last season, they aren’t a million miles away from having a real run at it. A couple of signings and there’s no reason why they couldn’t mount a top-six challenge next season. I think both Downing and Johnson are solid signings for Rovers, fair play.

Oldham Athletic fans react to the Carabao Cup ‘We might as well have fun on our journey to the National League, lighten up’

The Carabao Cup Round One draw has been released, and here is was Twitter has to say about it.

Oldham Atheltic has drawn Blackburn Rovers away in the first round of the Carabao Cup, taking place on August 12th 2019.

It seems as though Oldham fans aren’t filled with confidence about the draw, whilst Blackburn Rovers fans seem complacent by presuming the tie will be easy for them.

There seems to be a big difference in the confidence of the fans.

If Banide’s Latics can pull off a fantastic performance against Championship side Blackburn Rovers it could signify a new era Oldham Athletic, and if they lose the tie, it seems as though nobody would be shocked.

How can Stewart Downing benefit Blackburn Rovers

The well-known Stewart Downing is set to play under former Middlesborough captain and manager Tony Mowbray as Blackburn Rovers seek to sign the 34-year-old free agent.

Stewart Downing starting his career in 2001, and has accumulated over 650 appearances altogether at the top end of English and European football. Paying service to clubs such as Middlesborough, Sunderland, Aston Villa, West Ham and even joined Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of around £20million.

Tony Mowbray has a big history at Middlesborough, as does Stewart Downing who has spent well over 10 years of his playing career at the club, creating a strong bond between the two from the off. As well as both men being highly experienced at the top of English football throughout the years.

Blackburn Rovers finished 15th in the Championship, while Middlesborough finished 7th. By obtaining Downing, Rovers have increased the quality of their squad as well as the overall experience they have in the dressing room. Therefore, Downing won’t only add goals and assists to his new side, but will also be a beacon of knowledge and example for the younger players coming through.

This shows us that Mowbray isn’t only looking to improve next season, but is seeking quality and experienced players to help their youth thrive and solidify a promising future for a club who may one day return to the Premier League.