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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.

Stoke City pull their man from Bolton Wanderers squad

This weekend saw Bolton Wanderers kicked out of the FA Cup by League Two’s Plymouth Argyle. One player that wasn’t in the Bolton squad was Thibaud Verlinden.

Now, The Bolton News have reported why.

Verlinden is only on loan to Bolton. Like many players that have been recruited recently for the Trotters, he has been very impressive so far.

However, fans have been worried about what Bolton will do if these players have to return to their parent clubs soon.

Thibaud wasn’t in Bolton’s side that faced Plymouth this weekend. This had fans questioning what had happened to him.

The Bolton News has now revealed how it was actually Stoke who stopped their man from playing.

Stoke City

The winger is on loan from Stoke until January. However, new Stoke City boss, Michael O’Neill pulled him from Bolton’s FA Cup clash.

This now means that the Belgian player could enter Stoke’s squad for the competition. It has also confirmed Bolton’s worries about Stoke calling him back in January.

Plymouth Argyle

Bolton lost 1-0 this weekend against the League Two side. It was clear that they lacked creativity on the pitch, which was their main downfall. However, they can now start to concentrate more on clawing back in the league.

Whether Thibaud could have made a difference to the game or not will never be known for sure. However, finding a January replacement for the winger will be a hard job for Keith Hill, who up to now as got his recruitment right.

Man United & Man City Women both rack up wins in the League Cup

Both Manchester sides were in action this weekend in the FA Women’s Super League Cup. Man United faced Everton while Man City faced Birmingham.

Man United have been storming the Super League. Meanwhile, Man City have been struggling.

Nick Cushing’s’ side were recently knocked out of the Champions League. They lost to Arsenal in the league and to Man United in the FA Cup.

However, Casey Stoney’s side have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Reading and now they can add Everton to that list.

Man United

The Red Devil’s travelled to Everton. They managed a 3-0 win. It’s hard to believe that this Man United side were only promoted this season, let alone formed a couple of years ago.

Goals from Lauren James, Katie Zelem and Amy Turner meant that Man United won. This also takes them to the top of their FA Cup group.

Man City

Nick Cushing’s side hosted Birmingham City. After a few disappointing weeks, they managed a 2-1 win.

Ellen White opened the scoring against her former club. Caroline Weir also got her name on the score sheet after scoring a screamer. This takes Man City to 3rd in the group.

Twitter reacts to Chichester donating to Bury

The Bury Times have explained how Chichester City will be making a donation to Bury Football Club. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

Chichester are the lowest-ranked team in the FA Cup. They were the last team to be drawn out on Monday. With Bury’s expulsion from the competition, this meant that Chichester get to go straight through to the next round.

They now pocket £36,000 in prize money simply for going through. However, they have made a brilliant gesture to the Shakers.

Tweet

The Chichester Twitter account put out a tweet to explain that they would be making a donation to Bury.

This is a fantastic gesture that fans have been overwhelmed by. The Bury Twitter account replied showing their appreciation.

Now it looks like Bury fans may start to follow Chichester’s progress in the competition as a thank you.

Your reactions:

Court

Unfortunately, Bury are back in the High Court on Wednesday, October 30 to face a winding-up petition. This hearing could see the club formally liquidated.

This gesture should take centre stage over the disappointing court news.

Man City Women looking to continue their great start this weekend…

Nick Cushing’s side has had a brilliant start to their season in all areas. The Football Manc Cave is taking you through what’s to come this weekend.

I went to Man City’s first game of the season at the Etihad against Man United women and even though they won 1-0, they didn’t impress too much as it seemed a little bit sloppy. A lot of fans said that their performance would need to improve if they were going to contend for the title.

I know they still have some improvements to make, however, their recent score sheets prove that they are working on their mistakes and as a Man City Women’s fan, I am happy.

Form:

So they took all three points on the opening game of the season and they had their Champions League opening clash. They travelled to Lugano and won 7-1. They then came back to the UK and played Reading away and won 2-0.

They’ve managed to keep two league clean sheets and win, then they’ve managed to succeed in the Champions League. However, Everton has also opened their campaign with a 1-0 win and a 2-0 win so they are joint top of the Women’s Super League.

This Week:

This Sunday at 2pm will see Man City take on Leicester City Women at home in the FA WSL Cup. So this is another competition they will try to succeed in. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Blues as Leicester are in the Women’s Super League 2 and sit at 10th out of 11th. Although, anything can happen.

And that’s why Man City need to stay focused, as they will then have their second leg of the Champions League a few days after this clash with Leicester. The weekend after they will play Everton away, and they will both be looking to beat one another to fight for that top spot.

Team News:

In terms of who’s been playing well and should remain in that starting line up, goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has been brilliant and been receiving a lot of praise. She kept Man City in the game against United and she has been just as consistent with the other games.

Caroline Weir has shown what she can do with the ball from a great distance and Pauline Bremer has also been performing brilliantly as she scored both goals against Reading. She has returned from injury and showed what she is capable of. Let’s hope the Blues can keep it up.

Man City’s starting 11 tomorrow against West Ham Utd should look like this

Manchester City will face West Ham in the Semi-Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy tomorrow at 13.30pm. How could their starting eleven look?

West Ham opened their pre-season matches with a 3-2 win against Rheindorf Altach, however, this clash will be Man City’s first fixture since the FA Cup final almost two months ago. The winner of this competition will face Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham United is also Pep Guardiola’s first game of the Premier League season, although the starting line up may be very different. Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi are both missing for Man City this week following their exertions for Argentina at the Copa America. Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho And Ederson are all missing for the same reason. Riyad Mahrez has been in action for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations. Benjamin Mandy misses out to injury and Phil Foden is also not with the current squad as he is representing England’s under 21’s.

So with the players that this list leaves and the fact that Rodri has flown with the team to hopefully play, here’s the Football Manc Cave’s prediction for Man City’s starting 11.

Man City line up

Bravo will be looking to make an appearance after Ederson’s absence has been made apparent. Stones will be looking to impress as he fills in the hole that Vincent Kompany has left. Rodri may start as everyone is excited to see him in action, not just the fans but the team and management. This will give everyone a taste of what he’s capable of. With Aguero’s absence, Sterling will be raring to go.

It’s a hard pick for a team with so many players missing. This, however, does give a lot of players the chance to prove to Guardiola that they deserve a chance. Not only players that have been benched last season and not been the first pick, but also the new signings. Rodri should get his first start and it will give everyone a glimpse of how he fits in that middle line up.

Carabao gives you more reasons to shop at Morrisons

In an attempt to promote the Thai energy drink, the Carabao cup draw will be taking place in a Morrisons car park.

It was both humorous and worrying to learn that the French Ligue 1 may be going under the name ‘Ligue 1 Uber Eats’. However, now English football is taking a hit to its pride, after the unveiling that the Carabao Cup will have its draw held in a Morrisons car park.

Carabao is a Thai energy drink which currently sponsors the English knockout tournament, however, it may be the case that many British consumers don’t even know what ‘Carabao’ is.

As a result, Carabao has chosen to hold their cup draw in London’s Morrisons car park, in an attempt to grow their product. However, they are trying to make the cup draw accessible to the public as they can go and watch it unfold live. With the most recent draws being held in China, Thailand and Vietnam.

The reception could portray the two mindsets in modern football. On one hand, consumers could be delighted with the fact that the draw is held in England in a very British fashion. On the other, however, many may be displeased with the control that the sponsor has over the competition and the British consumer.

It seems as though the sponsors are doing much more business than some of the clubs.

At 7pm on Thursday 20 June, the draw will be held at Morrisons, Colindale, a short distance from Wembley Stadium.

Mr Man City Is The Clubs Best Bit of Business – Agreed

This article started its lifespan as describing what we learnt about Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend. The answer was not a lot.

Manchester City are a terrifyingly superior side and, don’t defend high up the pitch if it means trying to outpace Raheem Sterling. You won’t do it.

The news that was more shocking came the next day and it was that Vincent Kompany would be leaving the Citizens after 11 years at the Etihad Stadium.

The definition of being in the right place at the right time, Kompany joined the week before the takeover and, has been a major part in the clubs remarkable success over the years. He’s started a charity, he had a (pretty decent) racehorse named after him, Kool Kompany. And became a true fan favourite at the Etihad.

Huge names came and went for transfer fees you couldn’t imagine Man City spending in 2008, but Kompany was there for the long haul. His modest transfer fee was an irrelevance as he made himself an indispensable part of the team, and eventually the obvious choice for the Captain’s armband. His passion for the club and his role there remained immensely obvious throughout his City career, occasionally bubbling over to losing his cool.

However fans were always happy to overlook this, and were often rewarded, no more so than with his last Manchester City goal, his only this season and his only from outside the box.

Kompany is one of the most loyal and passionate players to have been on City’s books. A true Man City legend who I’m sure people will be talking about in decades to come.

All Cup Finals Should Not Be Played at Wembley – Agree?

I was at the National League play-off final yesterday at Wembley Stadium. A great occasion for the fans of course, however, a mere 8,049 were inside the 90,000 capacity ground.

Next week is the FA Trophy final, an average crowd over the years of around 15,000 to 17,000 – similar to that of the National League Playoffs. However, again it will look lost inside the vast Wembley backdrop.

Yesterday seen two northern teams travel down to the Capital, each with an approx four-hour drive there and back. Early starts, late getting home. It’s a long day for the fans, although the flow of beer for many will help.

I was sat next to some rather tipsy Salford fans waiting for the underground, who just wanted to get home – this was 7 o’clock at night in Wembley Central. I didn’t get home myself until 10:30 pm.

Was it worth it for them Salford fans? Without a doubt, yes.

Nevertheless, my gripe with the use of Wembley is this, yes it’s a great day out and something not every fan will experience watching their team at the iconic ground. However, I don’t understand why if two northern teams are in a final, we have a nominated ground in the north – like Old Trafford of the Etihad.

Similar if it’s a northern and southern team, we have a neutral ground in the Midlands like Villa Park.

Leave the League Cup Final, the three EFL play-off finals and the FA Cup ONLY to be played at Wembley. The rest play at neutral grounds, because let’s face it FA Cup semi-finals are not a Wembley showpiece. They take the edge off truly getting to a Wembley final and, it’s double the expense for the travelling fans.

It would be easier for the money spending fans to get to, more fans would be more likely to go with shorter travelling distances and it would pump money into different parts of the country.

Yesterday could have been played at the Etihad. The numbers would have definitely been more and the chance to play at a Premier League stadium would have still been a massive day out.

This all will never happen of course, but in common sense terms, it makes total sense to all.

Ole Should Freshen Up the Team With These 3 Fringe Players After 1 win in 5

Man Utd Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Some say the wheels are starting to fall off Ole’s reign following one win in the last five matches. A loss to Wolves in both the FA Cup and the Premier League, a defeat to Barcelona and a crucial defeat to Arsenal has left United in sixth.

Against Barcelona the levels were there for all to see with United not registering a shot on target, it maybe highlighted the work Solskjaer’s got to do in the summer transfer market.

A freshen up of the squad is needed not only today but in general, as a much needed revamp should take place this coming window.

Young and Shaw are both out through suspension which will give two players a chance to shine, and with a few injuries peppered throughout the midfield it can serve as a good chance to maybe blood some youngsters or give the fringe players a chance. especially with the return Barcelona keg to come this week coming.

With that in mind, here are three players that should be given the nod today to get the Red Devils top four target back on track…

Diogo Dalot

WIth Ashley Young being out, the player brought in as a long term replacement for then right back regular Antonio Valencia has his chance to cement his spot.

It was clearly evident not only against Barca but for most of the season that Young needs replacing, and Dalot has impressed every time he has been on the pitch.

Marcos Rojo

Although technically Young is Luke Shaw’s back up, United don’t have natural left back within their first team ranks that can serve as a number two to Shaw.

Rojo has played in that position before, and would be the natural choice for Solskjaer. It seems Rojo may be on his way out of the club in the summer revamp, but he can still do a job for United until the end of the season while Shaw serves his Domestic and European bans.

Andreas Pereira

The Brazilian has enjoyed more match time this season, more so under Ole. One of the talents for the future, Pereira could have his chance to show if United need to invest more in the midfield or not with an impressive display against West Ham United today.

Having spent last season out on loan at Valencia, this year should be served as his break out year at United. Especially if he wants to become more than another player who came through the ranks and couldn’t cut the grade at the top when needed.

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