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Oldham fans react to win ‘Ridiculous. What are people going to moan about now?’

Oldham Athletic had a big weekend as it was their first game with a new manager in charge.

The sacking of Laurent Banide this week came as quite a shock to Oldham fans. It looked like things were beginning to look positive for the Latics as goals were being scored and some points were being won. The only thing was, Oldham were giving their wins away in the final stages of games and this meant fans were becoming frustrated.

However, I didn’t think Banide would get sacked, I thought he would be given some time to fix things. Yesterday was a big one as Oldham faced Morecambe and fans really wanted a win. That’s exactly what they got, a 3-1 success, finally taking all three points.

Here are your reactions…

Oldham fans react to another managerial appointment’Good Luck Dino. Don’t bother buying a house up here I’d just rent if I were you’

Frenchman Laurent Banide was sacked as manager of Oldham Athletic yesterday, then replaced by Dino Maamria, less than 20 minutes later. Does that have to be some sort of record?

The Latics sit 21st in League Two and are winless in five games. Maamria will take charge of tomorrow’s fixture against Morecambe, played at Boundary Park. The Shrimps have lost five of their last six league matches, therefore Maamria has a perfect opportunity to start his reign with three points tomorrow.

Let’s have a look at how Latics’ fans reacted to the dramatic half-hour yesterday…

How can Dino Maamria get Oldham Athletic motoring again in League 2

Oldham Athletic appointed Dino Maamria as their new manager yesterday, just 20 minutes after sacking Laurent Banide. The Latics sit perilously close to the foot of the table and need a couple of results to kick-start their season.

The Latics have drawn their last three league games 2-2 against Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, so you could argue Banide has been a little unlucky in recent weeks. If Oldham had held on in a couple of those games, they’d be halfway up the league and the Frenchman would probably have kept his job. That’s football for you.

However, without sounding harsh, I don’t think Banide was ever going to work. To come to your first English club, with no money and an average squad, was always going to prevent its difficulties. One thing that Maamria recognised in his press conference, was that Oldham is a historic club that he is honoured to work for, that’s important.

Oldham have a strong, loyal fanbase. New managers need to connect with fans on a personal level and make them proud to be Oldham supporters. The fans will turn up in decent numbers on Saturday vs Morecambe, hoping for a result to kick off the fresh start. One big win and good performance will get the fans on side, so it’s imperative they start well.

Oldham have a squad that is capable of finishing mid-table in League Two. They’ve been scoring goals this season, just conceding them too, which is a problem Maamria will address immediately. He’ll be looking to make Boundary Park a fortress, get his side well organised to stop conceding goals, and building a side that Oldham fans will enjoy watching.

Oldham Athletic need to bring in this defender to stop conceding, agree?

Oldham Athletic conceded another two goals on Saturday, as they drew 2-2 with Grimsby Town. The Latics led 2-0 before Grimsby hit back with two late goals to snatch a point.

In their past two games, Oldham has scored four goals against Grimsby and Plymouth Argyle. Scoring goals clearly isn’t their problem, leading 2-0 at home with 10 minutes to go, you should be winning the game, simple. Plymouth was one of the pre-season favourites to win League Two, again scoring two away at Plymouth is good, but they’re conceding too many goals.

The Latics sit near the foot of the table, so it’s important they fix up the defence quickly, otherwise, they’ll have a relegation battle on their hands come May.

So, what can Laurent Banide do tonight, to try and strengthen their defence…

Zachary Mills

Zachary Mills was signed from Morecambe at the end of last season. He performed well for them last season but has rarely featured so far for The Latics. The fact they were leading 2-0 on Saturday with 10 minutes to go, and not winning the game, suggests it’s a lack of experience which is hurting Oldham, and they’re struggling to manage games.

Mills has played in the EFL for a number of years, for Grimsby and Morecambe. Perhaps he can provide some stability and experience, to shore up the defence.

Also, youngster Jamie Stott is awaiting for his first league start of the season. Although Oldham will be looking for a proven defender, they aren’t blessed with an array of options or a big transfer budget. Give Stott his chance, he might surprise a few and thrive on the opportunity.

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.

Oldham Athletic needs Banide to achieve these 2 vital things this season, agree?

Despite excitement upon his appointment, Oldham Athletic’s new manager hasn’t had the easiest start to the EFL League Two season…

Oldham Athletic have only won one League One game so far this season. As they sit in 22nd on five points from seven games, projections of taking the club back to League One have certainly been reconsidered.

Perhaps the job at hand will take a fair few seasons to complete, as Oldham have suffered from having many managers over a short space of time. Making it more difficult to instil philosophies and playing styles from the off for Laurent Banide.

Taking a more pragmatic approach to where Oldham should be, come to the end of the season, here are two things Banide must achieve. Aside from keeping his job, of course.

Staying afloat

Banide must avoid relegation. In fact, by early 2020 the French manager must look like surviving relegation, or his job could be jeopardy, meaning Oldham have to reboot once again.

Avoiding relegation should be the top priority this season. Oldham does not need to win every game to show signs of improvement…

Banide’s philosophies

The squad merely need to prove that they are adhering to what Banide wants from this team. By demonstrating a style of the play, a bit of fight and resilience amongst some individual greatness, it would show that Oldham is actually moving in the right direction for the first time in a long time.

Banide should focus on getting his players to play the way he wants them to. By surviving relegation, Banide can have a go at League Two next season with a more clued up squad.

The situation is somewhat similar to Man Utd with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Having a mismatched squad from several managers who have been subjected to several styles of play can result in a very difficult job for the poor manager who is brought in to sort it all out.

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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