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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.

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.

Salford City fans keen to push on – ‘Let’s keep it up now and get some wins under our belts!!!!’

Salford City won their first away game of the season, thanks to a 0-3 victory at Walsall.

After a poor start to their maiden season in the EFL, Graham Alexander will look to push on following this superb result.

The Ammies were expected to be challenging at the top end of the table, however, are struggling in the bottom half. Perhaps this result can be the catalyst for a string of positive results, leading up to the Christmas period.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to finally winning an away game…

This midfielder has been Oldham Athletic’s standout player this season, agree?

French midfielder Christopher Missilou has been Oldham’s best player so far this season.

New Latics manager Dino Maamria gained his first three points on Saturday, with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at Boundary Park. It was a huge result for the club. Fans needed a boost in confidence, hope that Maamria can turn their season around, he couldn’t have got off to a better start.

The Latics have scored 11 goals in their last four games, which suggests it’s their defence that is causing them problems. Two of the goals were scored by Frenchman Missilou. The midfielder scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw against Grimsby Town, before netting the first goal again the following week at Scunthorpe United.

The 27-year-old had an impressive start in English football during the 2018/19 season, becoming the heart of the midfield and making 47 appearances, which included a brilliant volley in a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Missilou is an all-round solid midfielder. Physical, strong, quick and suits the style of play for League Two football. A player that Maamria will be looking to build his side around. Mohamad Sylla is a similar type player to Missilou, very good at winning the ball and dangerous in both boxes.

In League Two you need players that can fight for the ball, win tackles and these two will do that.

It’s a brilliant base from Maamria to build off. Sylla and Missilou in midfield, David Wheater provides that experience and stability at the back, they could just do with a regular goal scorer – perhaps that’s what Maamria will be looking to sign in the January transfer window.

Salford City looking for back-to-back wins with this solid defence today against Crewe

Salford City will be hoping to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as they beat Grimsby Town on Tuesday at Moor Lane. They have a tough game, as they travel to high-flyers Crewe Alexandra who sit second in League Two.

Graham Alexander will desperately be hoping his side can put a string of results together, to overcome a poor start. Well, it was expected that it would take Salford time to adjust to life in the EFL, however being the bookies pre-season favourites to win the league added pressure.

So, let’s take a look at how their defence should look tomorrow, as they look to keep another clean sheet at Alexandra Stadium…

In goal will be Kyle Letheren. The shot-stopper has done well since signing for The Ammies from Plymouth Argyle in the summer. The 31-year-old offers that vital experience and leadership, to a youthful, inexperienced Salford side. Letheren marshalled the side well last week, to ensure the clean sheet and will be hoping to do the same again today.

Salford’s defence

Cameron Burgess made just his third start for the club since signing from Scunthorpe United in the summer. In two of those three games, they’ve kept a clean sheet so read into that what you will. Despite being just 23, the Australian has bags of experience playing at this level for Fulham, Cheltenham Town, Bury and Oldham Athletic. He is comfortable playing out from the back, which is important when playing a back three.

Lois Maynard and Carl Piergianni will make up the back three, both of which were an integral part of the promotion-winning side last season.

Although Salford is an attractive club for players to join, it’s imperative they maintain a structure and keep players that have gone up the leagues with the club, and understand the club as a whole. Both players are good defenders, and importantly solid on the back, which allows them to build attacks from the defence, exactly what Alexander wants from his defenders.

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.

Making these 2 changes will see Salford City ease past Grimsby Town

Salford City fell to a disappointing home defeat to Cheltenham on Saturday, to leave The Ammies winless in seven league games.

It’s a worrying time for manager Graham Alexander, who will be hoping his side can bounce back to form against Grimsby Town tonight.

Salford had drawn their five previous league matches before Saturday’s defeat, which will frustrate fans, players and staff. However, the result and performance on Saturday will send the alarm bells ringing. Cheltenham brushed aside Salford, winning 2-0 at Moor Lane.

Alexander’s side were the bookies pre-season favourites to win the League Two title, with just eight points from eight games, Salford is already losing ground on the early pacesetters.

Let’s take a look at a couple of potential changes that may change their fortunes tonight…

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe was their star man on the opening day, as they beat Stevenage United 2-0. The forward looked quick, strong and had an eye for goal, as he bagged two. Since then, he’s scored just the one goal, and started Saturday’s game on the bench.

Perhaps it’s time for him to be reintroduced into the starting line-up, and he can rekindle the form shown in the early part of the season.

Ibou Touray

Ibou Touray is another player I expect to return to the starting line-up tonight when Grimsby visit Moor Lane. The defender has been away on international duty, which is perhaps the reason for his absence on Saturday.

Touray is a big, strong physical presence that certainly offers Salford that stability they lacked on Saturday. At present, they are conceding too many goals. A clean sheet tonight would do the world of good, and maybe kickstart their slow start to the campaign.

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.

It’s time: Oldham Athletic must move for Phil Parkinson

The Laurent Banide gamble has failed, it’s time for a change, otherwise Oldham Athletic could find themselves playing non-league football from next season.

It was always a strange appointment. A manager that had no experience of English football, and joined Oldham completely out the blue. It hasn’t worked, as The Latics sit near the foot of League Two. Once you start losing games at this level, it’s very difficult to stop. If Oldham gets rid now and appoint the right replacement, there’s still plenty of games and points, to ensure they stay clear of relegation.

The Latics have won just one of their opening seven league games, with the biggest worry being their home form. Banide’s side have picked up just 2 points at home when they drew 0-0 to Exeter and yesterday’s 2-2 draw. It’s very difficult to get fans on your side and believing in the team when you aren’t picking up points or playing well at home.

The new manager needs to build that connection with the home supporters, make them proud to support Oldham again and give them something to cheer about. Phil Parkinson knows the EFL like the back of his hand. He did a tremendous job at Bradford City, and Bolton Wanderers, under the circumstances.

He won’t be available for long. Parkinson is a highly regarded and respected football manager, whoever is lucky enough to get his signature will be very pleased.

Parkinson will shore up a leaky defence, before anything else. The Latics struggling for goals, perhaps the former Bolton boss will look to utilise the loan market in January, to find a striker that will keep them in the division.

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