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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.

’And we still have fans moaning.’ Oldham Athletic fans react to their win over Walsall

Oldham Athletic faced Walsall last night at home. The Latics desperately needed three points and that’s exactly what they got in a 2-0 win.

All the action from the game came in the second half. Scott Wilson put Oldham 1-0 up after 53 minutes.

This came just after Walsall’s Matt Sadler was sent off for a hand ball. Segbe Azankpo then made it 2-0 to the Latics and they took all 3 points.

This was a much needed win for Oldham, however, some fans still aren’t happy. The Latics need to be consistent and continue to claim points.

Here’s your reactions…

Give them minutes: Wigan Athletic simply must give these 2 outcasts a chance to shine

Wigan Athletic has won twice in the last five matches with them currently sitting in 19th, 3 points above the bottom 3. The Latics host Nottingham Forest on Sunday at 2pm.

The Latics lost yet another away match at Sheffield Wednesday before the international break. Paul Cook is a man under pressure, however, getting something against 2nd in the Championship could ease it slightly.

After Forest, Latics have an important away game against struggling Derby County. A match they will be looking to finally get the away victory monkey off their back.

Let’s look at a couple of players that might feature more regularly in the coming weeks…

Lewis Macleod

He impressed with his ability on the ball in the opening couple of matches that he started. Joe Williams has since taken his position, and been outstanding.

In Wigan’s home games, many fans would like to them dominate the ball more, sustain attacks and really push the opposition back. Macleod is a player that keeps the game ticking, he might not play the most decisive passes all the time, but what he does is effective.

Keep feeding the ball to Lowe and Jacobs, your creative players and let them do the rest.

Cedric Kipre

Although Charlie Mulgrew and Dunkley have been good the last couple of games, starting to build a partnership and will likely start together again.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Kipre was introduced at some point, to try and stop the threat of Forest. Especially if Wigan takes the lead and are under pressure, Kipre is very good at defending balls into the box.

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.

2 in-form players for Wigan Athletic that need to play against Nottingham Forest this weekend

Wigan Athletic’s away form hasn’t been at its best recently. Even though fans are rooting for a win away from from the DW Stadium, another home game awaits them this weekend.

Wigan host Nottingham Forest this weekend as they hunt for some more points. Fans have got quite frustrated with the manager, Paul Cook but are hoping he can start to turn things around.

The Latics are currently 19th in the Championship. They will have to work hard against a second-placed Forest.

However, in order to get results, goals are needed. This is something Wigan have also struggled within some games. I’ve picked out two players who should get a game this weekend to try and help Wigan win.

Jamal Lowe

Fans are extremely happy with Lowe’s efforts. He is an exciting player who looks promising.

Although, he hasn’t scored for the Latics yet. A goal will come in time but first of all his position needs looking at.

Fans are begging Cook to assess where on the pitch is best suited for Lowe. That he can start performing to the best of his ability.

Anthony Pilkington

Pilkington replaced Jamal Lowe in the second half against Birmingham.

He then went on to score and win the game for the Latics. This is why he should get more chances.

However, he would be more effective if he had Jamal Lowe working with him. So instead of swapping them both, why not have Lowe in a position to be able to assist? It’s something to trial for a struggling Wigan side.

Wales star looking to bring the international form into Wigan Athletic

Kieffer Moore scored his first international goal for Wales this week. Wigan Today has explained that Ryan Giggs was very impressed by the striker’s efforts. Therefore, fans want to see him play to the same standard for Wigan.

Ryan Giggs described the 27-year-old as a ‘handful.’ He was very pleased with his overall performance. The game ended 1-1 with Moore’s goal being only Wales on of the night. Giggs was also happy with the striker’s end product.

Wigan fans will have noted his performance and will have high expectations of him after the international break. He only signed for the Latics in the summer but is looking promising.

Career

The striker has had an interesting career so far. He worked as a part-time lifeguard while playing non-league football in his early days. Now look, he’s scoring for Wales.

Before signing for Wigan, he was at Barnsley where he scored 21 goals in 51 appearances. He’s also had spells at Ipswich, Rotherham, Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town.

His international dreams came true when he was called up to the Wales team. He now has 2 caps under his belt and one goal.

Wigan

A three-year deal he signed upon joining Wigan. He’s already made 9 appearances. He has failed to find the back of the net as of yet but that’s something that could come in time.

Fans of the Latics are conflicted with their manager Paul Cook. Some are getting fed up and some think he deserves more time.

Maybe when performances turn around at the DW Stadium, Moore will get his chance. One thing is for sure, he will certainly be feeling motivated after that goal. He’ll also be excited to get back to the Championship.

Oldham Athletic need a jolt, this player will make a difference today against Mansfield

Oldham Athletic have had an eventful start to the season. They need more points and The Football Manc Cave are picking out a player who’s performance could make a difference.

The Latics started the season with a new manager and fans weren’t looking forward to what League 2 would have to offer. They got off to a fairly bad start. Fans got increasingly frustrated, therefore, they have now another manager.

Fans and players just want to see some points. Even though results haven’t always been great. goals have started to arrive. Now it is a matter of gaining wins.

I have picked out a player who I think will be effective in making changes happen if he gets enough of a chance.

Filipe Morais

The ex Bolton player made a return to Oldham recently. The 33-year-old winger has expressed how excited he is to rejoin the Latics and has made an impact on the pitch.

Morais is a player who actively uses social media and often expresses his views on Twitter. This is either about his own performance or the team as a whole. Above all, he just wants to get results.

He has been effective during games so if he could get more appearances under his belt, he could help Oldham move forward. He is determined, focused and experienced. This positive outlook is something he could influence other players to adapt to.

Hopefully wins will start to come more often for Oldham.

3 things Cook will be working on in Wigan Athletic’s international break

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic fans are becoming increasingly concerned with their teams recent form. This international break will be an opportunity for Paul Cook to try and put a plan in place...

Fans that see this article will be thinking ‘trying to keep his job’ is something Cook will be trying to do. I agree. The Wigan boss hasn’t got his team producing great performances recently.

In post-match interviews, he has been making excuses regarding away form. Wigan keeps failing to win away from home. Fans are calling him out saying that’s not an excuse for the poor form.

With that in mind, I think Cook needs to take advantage of this international break. These are three things he could do to make the squad perform better…

Pressure

According to Cook, the football that his squad are playing always matches the opponents. He thinks that Wigan is only losing by margins. This simply isn’t good enough.

Most fans think it is more than that. They’ve not got a good clean sheet record and are throwing away most games right at the end. Therefore, one thing Cook can work on is pressure in training.

He should make up training plans that will exploit players who crumble under pressure. That way he can try to get them to improve. Hopefully this way, Wigan can get to 90 minutes without giving goals away.

Defence

To go alongside the previous point, defenders need to work on pressing until the very end. If these margins that Cook is talking about are fine, then it shouldn’t be too hard.

However, fans clearly disagree. The Wigan squad are going out week in, week out and are being told to keep the goal difference down. Unfortunately, Cook needs to work harder with his defence if he wants that to work.

Attack

If he can get his defence a little more solid and work on adding pressure to them so they won’t crumble, he can then work on the attack.

Wigan is not a team who are afraid to go for goal. The squad should communicate on the pitch more in order to be able to successfully attack. If they can break off oppositions chances and work collectively, goals will come.

It then that they need to work together to make sure they keep clean sheets. There’s a lot of things that he can try to work on. Fans will be listing things. However, I think most are truly fed up now. My prediction is that after this break, if there’s no improvement, Wigan will be recruiting a new manager.

Footballing rivals: Wigan Athletic’s biggest rivals and why

According to GiveMeSport Wigan Athletic’s main rivals are Bolton Wanderers. Bang on, shame we won’t play them till 2089. Followed closely in second by Preston North End, then the irrelevant ‘derby’ Blackburn Rovers.

I personally don’t believe in all this having two or three rivals, you have one derby and that’s that. For us it’s Bolton, and if you turned up to a Wigan vs Bolton matchday, you’d know why.

Preston is always a feisty affair and is more of a traditional derby that has died down over the years. While the Blackburn fixture is nothing, when Wigan and Rovers went head to head in the 2017/18 season for the League One title, there was a lot of back and forth between the two sides. Nick Powell or Bradley Dack and all that.

Anyway, a couple of my best memories from playing Bolton. My favourite has to be James McArthur netting a late winner at The Reebok, that was a massive win for us and the first time I’d seen us win there. Uwe Rosler’s first home game was special. Wigan 2-0 up cruising, only for Bolton to score two quick goals, before Callum Mcmanaman made it 3-2.

Finally, in all seriousness, we won’t be playing Bolton for a very long time. They’ll likely be relegated to League Two and we’ll be playing Championship football, if not European for the next few years. At least we beat them 5-2 in the most recent fixture, give them a good send-off.

I’m not even going to talk about the Preston games. I’m never going to Deepdale ever again. Been three times, we’ve lost 1-0, 4-0 and 3-0. Arguably the three worst Wigan performances I’ve ever seen. So we’ll leave it there.

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