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Oldham Athletic’s defence is the key to continuing good 2020 form today against Crewe

Oldham Athletic's ground Boundary Park

Oldham Athletic haven’t lost a game since early January. However, this weekend will see them face a second-placed Crewe Alexandra.

It’s fair to say that Oldham has had their fair share of ups and downs this season. Fans expected a better League Two campaign but manager and player changes have taken a while to get used to.

However, things seem to be gradually changing as Oldham haven’t actually lost since January the 4th. They have also managed to climb to 14th in League Two.

Oldham Athletic's Zak Dearnley
Oldham Athletic’s Zak Dearnley will be looking to score again this week

Oldham’s win over Bradford City

A 3-0 win over Bradford at the weekend proved that Oldham’s style of play is changing. It was also enough for Bradford to sack their manager.

This game saw goals from Zak Dearnley, Jonny Smith and Mohamed Maouche. All of these goals came in the first half and meant they grabbed 3 points.

However, Crewe are flying high at the top of the league and could spoil Oldham’s good run this week.

Oldham Athletic's David Wheater
Ex Bolton Wanderer’s skipper David Wheater proving a great signing at Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic’s defence

David Wheater and Carl Piergianni are proving to be a good pair at the back for Oldham.

Jonny Smith has also impressed fans this season, not only by scoring goals but his whole performances have been inspiring.

Fans enjoyed last weekends performance and are also excited by the new players in this squad. Dino Maamria may want to stick with the same team to try and get the same results.

Salford City fans optimistic following point ‘Not that far of promotion places’

Salford CIty boss Graham Alexander

Despite an own goal giving Port Vale the lead, Salford City managed to get a point this weekend. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at your reactions.

Salford City hasn’t been doing too bad in League Two. This weekend saw them face Port Vale away.

Graham Alexander’s side managed to keep it level until half time. However, Cameron Burgess managed to put the ball in the back of his own net in the 55th minute of the game.

Fans were thankful that Tom Elliot saved the day for Salford City when he managed to equalise in the 75th minute.

The players thought they were unfortunate not to grab a winner. However, this has put Salford 11th in League Two.

Here are your reactions…

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Oldham Athletic look likely to grab Man Utd youngster

Oldham Athletic target Cameron-Borthwick-Jackson

Oldham Athletic have been linked with a loan move for Manchester United 22-year-old left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Borthwick-Jackson is available for loan following his return from Tranmere Rovers this month. Having also spent loan spells at Leeds United, Wolves and Scunthorpe United, the left-back is well travelled throughout the leagues.

The Man United youngster doesn’t look likely to break through the ranks at Old Trafford after being seemingly frozen out. If he wants regular football – it seems Boundary park is the place to go for him.

According to the Football Insider, Borthwick-Jackson has been training with Oldham Athletic and Man United are happy for him to go on loan.

The 22-year-olds contract runs out in the summer. It gives Borthwick-Jackson the chance to put himself in the window for next season, as his career seems to be taking a nose-dive since making his debut under Louis Van Gaal.

Oldham may have made a shrewd move in the market. Getting a youngster in on loan who is a free agent at the end of the season and unwanted by his club.

It seems like a win-win for both sides.

Oldham Athletic fans, would you be happy with the young left-back?

Oldham Athletic make it 4 unbeaten as they continue to paper the cracks

Oldham Athletic's Mills

Oldham Athletic pulled themselves five points clear of the singular relegation place, with a 1-0 win over Newport County yesterday.

It takes Latics to two wins and two draws in their past four League 2 fixtures.

Furthermore, there has been an overall improvement under Dino Maamria in his first nine games in charge. Three wins, three losses, three draws, 10 goals for and 12 conceded sees them five points better off and +3 goal difference to the previous man in charge.

Compare this to Laurent Binade’s first nine games in charge this season before he was replaced by Maamria – One win, four losses, 4 draws, nine goals for and 14 conceded. Things are certainly looking up for Oldham.

However, it’s off the pitch that isn’t improving. A big section of fans are disgruntled with life under chairman Lemesgan and a project called Push the Boundary seem to be the driving force for change at Boundary Park.

Their aim is to protest on the 7th December, as a voice from the stands.

Oldham have been in steady decline over a number of years, finding themselves in the bottom tier of the football league last season. Being favourites to go straight back up, Oldham ended up with a midtable finish after a succession of managers.

That trend has continued this season, with them already on their second manager after nine games of the season. Finding themselves at the wrong end of the table so early on, they already face an uphill battle to claim a play-off spot come to the end of the season.

Oldham boss feeling optimistic

However, Oldham boss Maamria is feeling optimistic after yesterday’s game. With him trying to close the gap between the team and fans, by dedicating the three points to the travelling away support.

From an outside point of view, it seems that this season is going to be turbulent on and off the pitch. With a clash eventually coming to fruition of fans and the board – which many will be hoping to be the turning point towards a positive future at Boundary Park.

Results on the pitch can only paper over the cracks for so long in the short-term.

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.

These 2 players stood out as Salford City ease past Tranmere Rovers

Last night saw Salford City travel to Tranmere Rovers for the final round of the Leasing.com trophy. They managed a 2-0 win and progressed to the next round.

Salford has been competing in the Leasing.com Trophy for the first time. Last night saw them win 2-0 which means they topped their group and have advanced to the next stage.

Collectively, the Salford squad put on a great performance. However, there was two stand out players.

Oscar Threlkeld opened the score sheet after only 2 minutes. Then, the Salford Captain, Liam Hogan managed to head home the winner.

Here’s why both of these players deserve praise for their performances…

Oscar Threlkeld

The ex Bolton player has only been with Salford since the start of this campaign. I have seen him in action and have been very impressed by him in the past.

I predicted that he would be a stand out player for Salford this season, however, he hasn’t had much game time.

Last night saw him start the game and score after 2 minutes. This goes to show that he should be in the squad more often.

Liam Hogan

The 30-year-old centre back started his first game for the Ammies this season last night. He has been watching from the sidelines due to recovery.

Now, he is back with the Captain’s armband on. Fans are happy to see him return. Especially when he scored.

In the 56th minute, he showed that he was back with a bang when he headed home the winner. This clearly shows that he is still working just as hard.

Salford City win proves they could be playoff contenders, agree?

Graham Alexander’s side managed a 2-1 away win over Newport County. This has taken the Ammies to 11th in the league. Could they end up in a playoff position?

Salford were promoted to League Two last year and fans wondered whether they would be able to live up to expectations.

Now they are in fact climbing the league. It even looks like they could face a playoff position if they continue the good form.

The Ammies are currently 11th in the league on 24 points. However, they have a long way to go before the end of the season.

Their away win over Newport County has given them another 3 points. League Two is going well for them.

Good form

There have been some weeks when Salford haven’t been at their best. They lost 2-0 to Northampton a few weeks ago.

They also conceded 4 goals against Crewe and Forest Green. However, wins and draws along the way have meant they have climbed the league.

Playoff’s?

Could Salford do it? They’re already 11th and could continue to climb.

If they could keep on top of perfromances, points could mean they eventually take a playoff spot.

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.

Salford City will be looking to close the gap on Newport County by taking advantage of this weakness

Salford have had a great couple of weeks in League Two. They’ll be looking to build on their form by taking some points from Newport County.

The Ammies managed to beat Mansfield 2-1 away. They then built on that with a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe at home.

Newport currently sit 7th in League Two on 27 points. Salford are 12th with 21 points.

There’s a tight gap between the two that could be closed by Graham Alexander’s side this weekend.

If they want to do that, Salford will have to pick up on Newport’s weaknesses. Here’s one to consider…

Goals

Newport have had a lot of 1-1 draws this season. A lot of the time, they have gone 1-0 up and ended up drawing.

For example, they went 1-0 up against Colchester after 5 minutes. They ended up losing 3-1.

They also went 1-0 down at Crawley and only equalised in the 74th minute. Their 1-0 win against Carlisle only came in the 96th minute.

Against Macclesfield, they also went 1-0 up in the 1st minute but ended up drawing.

Salford

Salford can now take advantage of this. If they can keep their performance to a high standard, they’ll be able to score. Maybe even a few.

It’s clear that Newport can’t hold on to a lead. However, the Ammies will have to create goals themselves.

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