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Two players that have to be in the team tonight for Oldham Athletic against Fleetwood Town

Oldham Athletic will face Fleetwood Town tonight in the Leasing.com Trophy. It will be a ‘winner takes it all’ scenario as the two teams will battle to get to the next round of the competition.

The Oldham team will have a trip to Fleetwood tonight to battle it out in the Leasing.com trophy. Only a point separates the two sides in their group.

Accrington Stanley is currently at the top of group B with 9 points. Fleetwood is 3rd with 2 points and Oldham sits 2nd with 3 points. Therefore, losing is not an option.

For Oldham to stand a chance getting to the next stages, the squad must be strong. While some use this competition as a chance to let their younger squad members shine, Oldham fans will want the squad to be the strongest possible.

Here are two players that need to be in the starting line up tonight…

Jonny Smith

The 22-year-old winger has been on top form for Oldham recently. However, he is on loan for the season from Bristol City.

Oldham will need to use him as much as possible this season to get the most out of him. He has recently scored against Gateshead and Northampton.

He now has an eye for goal now and will be looking to score tonight if he is in the squad.

Filipe Morais

The ex Bolton player is very experienced and acts as a leader in the squad. While David Wheater is a great Captain and leader at the back, it seems clear that Morais is having a good impact at the other end of the pitch.

It is also worth mentioning that he scored against Gateshead at the weekend too. This may inspire him to score again tonight.

However, he just needs to stay calm, keep his tackles clean and stay out of trouble. He picked up a red card a few weeks ago and won’t want another.

2 out of form Oldham Athletic players that should be nowhere near the starting 11 against Macclesfield

Oldham Athletic fans that read this heading will probably be shouting more than 2 names after recent performances. League Two is not going well for the Latics.

It has been a bit of a rollercoaster so far for Oldham. They started off poor. Then they recruited men like David Wheater. Things looked to be improving.

They sacked Laurent Banide. To top all this off, last week they lost 6-1 to Mansfield. Wheater scored an own goal, Morais and Egert both got red cards and they gave away a penalty.

There’s a lot to work on within the squad. However, we have picked out two players who have been under-performing and should be dropped…

Tom Hamer

The 19-year-old defender has a lot to learn. He has given away two penalties in tow games now.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a teenager. These mistimed tackles are probably coming out of frustration. At least he is attempting to make a challenge, just not in the right place at the right time.

Some fans think his future at Oldham will be doubted. The January transfer window may be something he benefits from. However, he needs to sit back and analyse other players performance.

Urko Vera

The centre forward joined the Latics on a free transfer last season. He gained a lot of doubters and they haven’t gone away.

Last weekend saw him go into the starting line up for the first time in a long time.

As soon as his name was spotted by fans, they started to mock him. It looked like he was picked to try and see if he could prove those doubters wrong. However, I think the score speaks for itself.

2 in-form players for Oldham Athletic that need to play Macclesfield this weekend

Oldham Athletic host Macclesfield this weekend. After last weekends horrifying result, the Latics will be hoping for a turnaround. The Football Manc Cave looks at two players who should get a game.

Every team has bad games and off days. However, Oldham will want to forget about last weekend entirely.

They lost 6-1 to Mansfield. David Wheater managed to put the ball in his own net. Morais and Egert both managed to get sent off with minutes between them. To top it off, a penalty was also given away.

Fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing. This weekend sees Oldham play at home which could be beneficial. They currently sit at 21st in the league while Macclesfield sits comfortably at 12th.

Here are two players that Oldham needs to give a chance to this weekend…

Chris Eagles

Eagles seem to make the bench every week but don’t get much game time.

However, things might change this weekend as Filipe Morais suspension could open up space for him.

Both ex Bolton players operate the right-wing. This could be a good opportunity for fans to see Eagles in action if he is picked as a replacement.

Jamie Stott

With Tomas Egert also being shown a red card last week, this opens up a centre back position.

Jamie Stott is a man who has been on the bench recently but this could be Bosnian chance to step up.

Oldham’s defence got very sloppy last weekend. An improvement needs to be made and quick.

Oldham Athletic fans left reeling following heavy defeat – ‘Never felt so disconnected with my club, it doesn’t even bother me these days when we see results like this’

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

It’s time to look away Oldham Athletic fans. The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions to the Latic’s 6-1 loss this weekend.

It was an awful weekend to be an Oldham fan. However, you can’t call the game boring. It took 30 minutes for some action to take place. Then it didn’t stop.

How it happened

Mansfield went 1-0 up and a couple of minutes later, Filipe Morais was booked for a late challenge. A minute later and Mansfield were 2-0 up.

Tomas Egert was then shown a red card in the 36th minute. A moment later and Filipe Morais was shown a second yellow and also sent off. Oldham fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

Tom Hamer managed to pull a goal back for Oldham just before half time and it looked like a fight would be on the cards for an equaliser. However, things took an even worse turn.

There were 4 minutes of added time in the firstborn half which allowed Mansfield’s Maynard to get a hat-trick. Mansfield had enough time to have a breather and construct a plan.

They came out in the second half and bagged another. Then another. David Wheater managed an own goal. 20-year-old Dylan Fage has then stretchered off the pitch with a serious-looking injury. It’s since been cleared up as being a concussion. Tom Hamer then gave a penalty away meaning Mansfield made it 6-1.

Twitter Reacts:

Here are your thoughts…

Oldham Athletic fans react – ‘Pathetic. 2 nil up at home. Drew. Says it all. Great tactics Abdallah & Mo. Time to put the laptop down and stop playing football manager with our great club’

Oldham Athletic fans continue to feel disappointed this season after their side threw away a 2 goal lead yesterday.

Oldham fans have been quite fed up recently with their team’s performances. However, since David Wheater has been providing goals and great leadership skills, their score lines are slowly getting better.

Today the squad faced Grimsby Town at home and another ex Bolton player, Filipe Morais was in the line-up. Oldham went 1-0 up and Marais scored their second. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true as they threw their lead away and came out with a 2-2 draw.

Here are your reactions…

How can Oldham Athletic turn their dismal start to the season around

Oldham Athletic got knocked out of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup this week. The Football Manc Cave are looking at what Oldham need to do to try and turn these losses around.

Oldham faced Barrow in the cup and went 1-0 down after 3 minutes. Fans were laughing and making jokes about how quick they’d gone under. 18 minutes later and Oldham equalised. At 21 minutes in, Oldham found the back of the net again only for it to be ruled offside. At 39 minutes, the Latic’s did go 2-1 up. Things were looking hopeful after 65 minutes as they went 3-1 up.

It was an eventful end to the game as Oldham found the back of the net yet again and it was ruled offside for a second time. A minute after, Barrow found a second and with three minutes to go, Barrow equalised.

Unfortunately, Barrow won on penalties 12-11 and knocked Oldham out of the cup. Banide put out a side that wasn’t his typical first choice, which could have indicated that he is more focussed on the league.

David Wheater

Since the ex Bolton captain joined the club and has been available, I think he’s made the difference. As a Bolton fan, I was gutted when he left us because I knew what Oldham was getting. A defender who is a natural leader, gives 100% every game and even scores. That’s exactly what he’s done at Oldham and has been rewarded with the captain’s armband already.

He made the FLW League Two Team Of The Week last week. He didn’t play against Barrow and to me, it shows because they had a lead up until the last quarter of the game and threw it away. When Wheater is playing, he drives the rest of the defence until the last minute of the game.


Since new signings were made and Banide has made Wheater captain, Oldham has started to get a few points and play a little better. They managed to get a draw with Exeter, draw with Plymouth and beat Cambridge. For me, getting knocked out of the cup isn’t a bad thing. Some fans will disagree.

However, this is a new manager and he has new players that he is trying to get to gel with the rest of the team. The league is the most important out of the competitions and if there are fewer cups to focus on this year, surviving the league will be easier. Oldham is climbing out of the bottom three slowly, so now it’s time to start climbing the league.

Why making ex-Bolton man Captain will be a good move from Oldham Athletic

David Wheater has been made the captain of Oldham Athletic for the 2019/20 campaign. The Redcar born defender will provide significant experience to a misfiring backline. Wheater is well known for his leadership qualities, having served Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers for the majority of his career.

The 32-year-old was at Bolton last season, however, after all of their financial difficulties, the defender has opted for a move to the Latics.

Although Wheater’s best years are probably behind him, he is still very capable of doing well at this level. A very strong, tough defender that is dangerous in both boxes. Wheater scored 15 goals during his time at Bolton.

Oldham have a relatively young, inexperienced squad. Wheater will add that experience and leadership that you need in this division. Having played for Middlesbrough and Bolton in the Championship, he is proven at a higher level than this. However, he may make his presence felt and be more beneficial to Oldham, off the pitch.

To have a player like him in training and in the dressing room, it’s sure will give a massive boost to Oldham. When it comes to seeing out results, you can guarantee Wheater will fight and win his battles in defence. It’s important that Laurent Banide builds a defence around him, that can benefit from his experience.

Oldham have started the season poorly, picking up just four points from their opening five matches. A 1-2 win over Cambridge United on Saturday will hopefully provide that stepping stone they can kick on from. The Latics return to Boundary Park on Saturday to face Colchester United, hoping to string together back-to-back wins, which would propel them towards mid-table.

Loan Watch: 2 Oldham Athletic players IN on loan that you should look out for

Oldham Athletic have had a tough start to the season but putting that aside, The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at two players they have in on loan this season that could develop before returning to their parent clubs.

The summer was quiet for Oldham fans as they failed to really make any signings until the last minute. Despite begging their club to sign defenders, it proved difficult until they managed to sign David Wheater and get another player in on loan, Ashley Smith-Brown.

Here’s an insight into two of the players that joined them on loan this summer…

Gregor Zabret

The 24-year-old keeper has managed to get on the bench already for Oldham as the second choice keeper. He’s on loan from Swansea and hoping to gain some experience and develop his own skills, while he’s with Oldham. It’s hard for goalkeepers to get to make an impression unless the team’s number one gets injured or needs rest in a less important game. So he might have to wait until he gets a proper chance, however, this will help his own career a lot.

Ashley Smith-Brown

The 23-year-old defender has been brought in to try and strengthen Oldhams back four this season. He’s on loan from Plymouth Argyle and has already started to make an impression in the first team. He has spent a lot of his career at Man City with their youth ranks and has moved around accordingly to try and move his career in the right direction. Along with David Wheater, he was brought in over the summer.

2 positives from Oldham Athletic fan’s can gain from last night’s draw

Oldham Athletic played Exeter last night which ended in a 0-0 draw. The Football Manc Cave is looking at two positives that can be taken from their performance.

Oldham fans have become increasingly frustrated with their team’s losses. I have been saying for a while that the signings over the summer came too late and didn’t leave enough time for the new manager, Laurent Banide to get them gelled into the team.

If these signings had been made earlier, maybe they’d have been more prepared and the squad have also had to adapt to their new manager. Even though it’s come too late, maybe now things are starting to come together with Oldham winning their first point.

Here are 2 positives fans can take from the draw…

Clean Sheet

Not only was it their first point of this season, but it was also a clean sheet which shows how the defence has started to come together. The defence was a serious talking point all summer because of the lack of signings. Prayers were answered when David Wheater put pen to paper, the only thing is, he’s been out the last few weeks. He was back in action last night and Banide has pointed him out as being a key player.

Aim For More

Now that the defence is looking to be improving and they’re getting draws, now they need to go for wins. Now that the back four are tighter, attacking and creating chances needs to be the next step. Sure, Oldham is going to face other losses and draws before they go on to win, however, this is hopefully a turning point. I along with many others predicted a loss last night but they didn’t and it’s given fans a bit of hope.

Oldham Athletic need a win!

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Oldham Athletic’s next match. Following some poor results, things have to pick up for Binade.

Oldham really need to start taking some points from teams and hopefully being at home this week may help. With a relatively new manager and some new signings, things seem to be hard for the Latics and fans are getting increasingly frustrated. They play Exeter City at 7.45pm on Tuesday.

Oldhams Form:

Forest Green 1-0 Oldham

Oldham 1-2 Crewe

Bradford 3-0 Oldham

Exeter form:

Exeter City 1-0 Macclesfield

Stevenage 0-1 Exeter

Exeter 1-1 Swindon

Line Up & Team News:

Oldhams line up against Bradford was as follows…

1. Woods

2. Mills

3. Iacovitti

4. Sefil

5. Smith-Brown

10. Maouche (C)

11. Nepomuceno

17. Missilou

18. Fage

19. Segbe Azankpo

24. Sylla

This line up will probably be repeated mostly on Tuesday. Oldham fans are worried about whether David Wheater will be back for this game. He’s been out for a couple of weeks and fans are desperate to have him back to strengthen their defence.


Along with a lot of Oldham fans, my expectations are low. I think Oldham will lose again, unfortunately. I hope something changes soon for them as fans don’t deserve the performances and results the team are getting.

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