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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.

Oldham Athletic are in freefall, 2 lessons they need to learn fast

Oldham Athletic fans are getting fed up with performances, management and the owners. The team can try to turn this around with some tactical changes.

Last night saw Oldham lose to Fleetwood Town in the Leasing.com Trophy. It wasn’t just a small loss, they ended up losing 5-2.

However, at least that means they can focus more on League Two football as that are out of the competition.

Fans are getting fed up of the performances though. For example, last night, Oldham went 3-0 down before any response.

Jonny Smith was responsible for the goal and he has been outstanding for Oldham so far. However, he is only on loan and the goals keep coming too late.

Oldham have recently made slight improvements. They won 2-0 against Walsall, drew 0-0 with Port Vale and 2-2 with Northampton. They also won their FA Cup clash with Gateshead 2-1.

However, they are still 20th in the League with a struggling 16 points. Scunthorpe and Walsall both sit underneath them on 15 points. Then Morecambe and Stevenage sit at the bottom on 13 points. There’s not a lot in it.

With that in mind, here are two lessons Oldham need to learn quickly…

Oldham Athletic defence

At the start of the season, the defence seemed to be Oldham’s biggest problem. They recruited the likes of David Wheater who came in and made a difference.

He was given the Captain’s armband and acted as leader. Things seemed to improve and then Oldham needed to work on the attack.

However, since the arrival of Dino Maamria, things have gotten sloppy again. Fans already want to see change with the management and owners.

That is something that is out of the team’s control and they need to focus on each game. Defending for 90 minutes to a high standard needs to be prioritised.

Goals

Linking with the previous point, the defence standard needs to match the attack. It’s like Oldham can’t do both.

For example, they have shown that goals can be created. However, they are coming too late in the game. Against Fleetwood last night, it took 25 minutes for any response from Oldham Athletic.

In their draw with Northampton, both goals came in the 80th-90th minute period of the game. If they can start by attacking early and getting an early goal then they can try to defend a win.

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 Positives from Oldham’s draw

Oldham played Northampton this weekend. They managed a 2-2 draw. The Football Manc Cave are picking out the positives.

Fans have been getting increasingly frustrated with Oldham’s recent performances.

This weekend, they went 2-0 down against Northampton. After just 6 minutes, they were 1-0 down. In the 80th minute, they went 2-0 down and it looked like another loss was on the cards.

However, in the 85th minute, Wilson got one back. Four minutes later, Smith made it 2-2.

This is a complete turn around from the start of the season. Oldham used to be the ones who would be winning 2-0 and ending up with draws.

There will still be some fans conplaining about the timings of these goals. However, here’s 2 positives they will take from the draw…

Bouced back

Even though the two goals only came after Northampton had already scored theirs, at least Oldham bounced back.

There was a fight in the team which is what fans want to see. Effectively, it doesn’t matter when those goals come right now, as long as they do.

Fouls

When you look at the stats from the game, Oldham didn’t pick up any yellow or red cards.

Some fans might not care too much for this. However, it’s a move in the right direction for Oldham because they’ve recently had players suspended for too many yellow cards or reds.

Oldham Athletic can build on win by lining up with this midfield against Northampton

Oldham will be looking to build on their recent results this weekend. They face Northampton and their midfield should line up like this.

Recently, Oldham fans have been quite frustrated. However, a 2-0 win over Walsall last week and a 0-0 draw with Port Vale have lifted their spirits a little.

They now sit 19th in the league. They have a tough game on thwir hands this weekend as they face an 8th placed Northampton.

However, they are at home so that factor may help. If they want to earn some more points this weekend, this is how their midfield should line up…

Jonny Smith

The 22 year is quite comfortable on the left. He handelled the Port Vale game well.

Now he will be looking to build on his last performance as he adapts to League Two.

Christopher Missilou

The defensive midfielder acts as a bit of a leaded in the middle.

He also works well with Smith and should be at the side of him go guide him.

Chris McCann

The experienced midfielder only joined Oldham on the 18th of October.

He was thrown straight into the team and has coped extremely well.

Filipe Morais

The right winger got sent off a few weeks ago which was a big blow.

However, now that he’s back, he should definitely be in the squad. If there are any problems or if he gets cautioned, Chris Eagles can always replace him.

Oldham Athletic need to make this one change for back-to-back wins

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

Oldham Athletic won 2-0 against Walsall this week. In order to keep up this form, there’s one big change they’ll need to make.

When Oldham fans start to read this article, they’ll be thinking that the changes need to one from current owners and management.

However, I have picked out something related to the team that will help with performances.

There’s a certain player on the team that fans are unhappy with. He wasn’t available against Walsall and Oldham ended up winning…

Mohamed Maouche

The central midfielder has been disappointing so far this season. However, he kept getting picked to start each game.

He then picked up too many yellow cards and ended up getting suspended. When he wasn’t available this week, the team performed better and fans were happy.

Therefore, dropping him from the starting line up is something that needs to be considered.

Performance

Oldham manager, Dino Maamria has said he was really happy with the performance his team displayed against Walsall.

However, fans are saying that they don’t understand how he’s happy. In their opinion, the performance still wasn’t great.

This is the difference with other teams and management. Even though they’ve got a win, Maarmria needs to be realistic and tell his squad that more is needed from them.

Toothless Oldham Athletic performance adds to the fans woes – ‘Every week seems to bring a new low’

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

Oldham Athletic’s latest defeat has infuriated the remaining Boundary Park faithful and left the club teetering near the foot of the table.

The win by Macclesfield at Boundary Park yesterday was especially frustrating for the Oldham fans, as the side looked devoid of ideas and spent much of the game chasing shadows.

Macclesfield on the other hand, despite their off the pitch problems, looked organised and were rarely troubled by Oldham. Who had their first shot on goal just before the half time whistle.

Maouche was once again the target for the fans ire and his substitution signalled ironic cheers from the terraces. Manager Dino Maamria must now look long and hard at his team selections and tactics if he is going to remain in his post.

For the long-suffering Oldham fans, each game adds to their stress. Despite the fact that there is only one relegation place this season, Latics fans would rather not be agonising about it so early in the season.

The Oldham Managerial Hot Seat. Who Is Next Through the Revolving Door?

If there was a relief when Paul Scholes arrived at Oldham just over a month ago following what sounded like complicated negotiations, it will have turned to stunned incredulity with the news that he had walked out and we are yet again looking for a new manager. When Frankie Bunn left in December, fans were quick to point out that we would be very lucky to find someone else given the reputation that owner Abdallah Lemsagam now has over his alleged meddling in team affairs.

Not unsurprisingly, there has been little discussion on social media as to who might be the next person in charge. Most people are sick to the back teeth of the circus the club has become. Common sense would suggest that Peter Wild once more steps into the breach and with only nine games remaining, that seems like the best option. This hasn’t stopped the speculation however with Wild and assistant manager Mick Priest both 4/1 for the job.

If Oldham are going to drag themselves out of the current farce however, they surely now need to appoint someone with a proven track record at this level. The list of possible newcomers is a lengthy one but more out of hope than desire, I am going to omit any of them who would be entering management for the first time. This is the current list of favourites.

Dino Maamria 7/2

Pipping, both Wild and Priest for favourite spot is current Stevenage boss Maamria. Not entirely sure as to why he’s in the frame but it could have something to do with him being the only African manager in British football, and his possible links with our Moroccan chairman.

John Askey 8/1

Another manager who has currently got a club but only has a contract till the end of the season. As Port Vale are at the wrong end of the League Two table, he might well be hedging his bets. Applied after Bunn left so might still be interested.

Steven Pressley 12/1

Pressley was given a contract to the end of this season with Carlisle who currently lie two points off a play off place. If he gives that up for the Oldham job he needs his head testing.

Paul Heckingbottom 14/1

I’m not sure who compiles these lists of prospective candidates but if Latics can persuade the current Hibernian boss to swap 6th place in the Scottish Premier League for life in League Two, I will finally admit that the world has gone mad.

Jacques Santini 14/1

The former French national side manager’s name pops up again after he was allegedly spotted in the directors box after Bunn was sacked. Rumours that it was just somebody who’d had a beret bought them for Christmas were probably true.

Phil Brown 16/1

Currently with Indian Super League side Pune City, much travelled Brown seems to have decided to get as many miles between himself and British football as possible. Don’t blame him.

The rest of the list includes those currently without a job. They include Darrell Clarke, David Hopkin, Paul Hurst, Darren Moore, Russell Slade, Lee Clark, Harry Kewell and John Sheridan. Surely not…..