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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.

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.

Salford City need these 2 against Cambridge Utd to gain back-to-back wins

Graham Alexander’s Salford team needed some points in recent games. Last weekend saw them take all three from Walsall. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two players who could help The Ammies achieve back to back wins.

Salford started the season better than expected. However, things took a turn recently when they went through a stage of conceding quite a few goals in games.

Last week saw them pull out a good performance with a 3-0 win over Walsall. Goals from Luke Armstrong, Jake Jervis and Ibou Touray helped contributed towards the successful performance.

This weekend will see Salford take on Cambridge United at home. Here are two players that I have picked out who could step things up to help the Ammies take another three points…

Luke Armstrong

The 23-year-old was determined last week. He got his first goal for Salford after signing this summer. Now that he’s got a taste for celebrating finding the back of the net, maybe it will motivate him to do it more often.

This is the reason why he has made this list. Hopefully, Graham Alexander will start him this weekend for his efforts recently. That way, Armstrong might stand a better shot at making it 2 goals in 2.

Craig Conway

The newest addition to the Ammies. He made his debut against Walsall and the 34-year-old winger made an impression on fans.

With him being a new signing, he may be a refreshing option when it comes to Alexander picking his squad. His experience around the leagues may also help other players improve.

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.

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