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Oldham Athletic’s 2 key fixtures to jump-start season

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

Oldham Athletic are having a tough time down at the bottom of League Two. Even though they have drawn more recently, they need to find wins.

In difficult times for a football club like Oldham, focussing on League Two is something that should be a priority. They recently got knocked out of the Leasing.com Trophy but went through in the FA Cup.

Now it is time to try and get some wins in League Two. Oldham is currently 20th on 16 points. The team’s below them aren’t far behind as only 2-3 points separate them.

Fans are getting fed up with their club. They want change in ownership and management but that doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon.

Therefore, the team will just have to work hard to change things around. They need to start attacking early on in games and defending wins so that they can climb to a safer League position.

With that in mind, here are two fixtures coming up for Oldham that they could take advantage of…

Morecambe away

On Boxing Day, Oldham will travel to Morecambe. They are currently bottom of League Two on 13 points.

If Morecambe doesn’t suddenly improve, Oldham will be able to take advantage of them and try to take an early lead.

Oldham can also aim to improve their goal difference in this game. If they can keep their confidence up, they may be able to score a few in this game. However, they will also have to keep on top of their defence.

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe

Oldham will also have to play Scunthorpe on New Year’s Day. They are also down at the bottom of League Two.

Scunthorpe currently sits on 15 points and if they are still struggling next month, Oldham could take advantage of this fixture too.

So this means that Oldham could give fans a nice Christmas and New Years present if they collect as many points as possible from these fixtures. However, they also face Salford City at home on the 29th if December.

This is a lot of game time to take on in such a short amount of time. Fitness will become a priority.

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.

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.

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.

Two in, two out for Oldham Athletic tonight against Walsall

Oldham are desperate for points. They face Walsall tonight and are hoping to be rewarded with some. The Football Manc Cave have picked out 2 players that should start tonight and who should be dropped.

It’s safe to say that Oldham are having a tough time in League Two.

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Walsall, there’s a few players returning to the squad. However, there’s also a few who can’t play.

Tomas Egert is serving a three match ban. Mohammed Maouche and Mohamad Sylla are also suspended on yellow cards. Dylan Fage, Zak Mills and Johan Branger-Engone are all also out with injury.

However, Filipe Morais and Zeus De La Paz are both back in the squad. With this team news in mind, here’s 2 players who should be in the squad tonight. We are also addressing who should be dropped…

In: Filipe Morais

The ex Bolton player was sent off a couple of weeks ago but has now served his match ban.

Now that he’s available, he should be in that starting line-up. He does make an impact on the team but I personally think that frustrations led him to make a silly tackle that got him sent off.

In: Chris Eagles

Some fans will agree with me when I say that he deserves a chance. Even if he comes on as a substitute.

He seems to be stuck on the bench at Boundary Park and needs an opportunity. Fans want to see change so why not take a chance on a different player and see what he has to offer?

Out

With all the injuries and suspensions in the squad, it’s impossible to pick out 2 who should be dropped.

However, the suspension of Mohammed Maouche needs addressing. Fans don’t want him in the squad.

When he was replaced in Oldham’s last game, fans actually cheered. The fact that he isn’t available tonight should give Chris Eagles a chance to start. If that happens and he plays well, fans will cry out for him to start more often.

Toothless Oldham Athletic performance adds to the fans woes – ‘Every week seems to bring a new low’

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

Oldham Athletic’s latest defeat has infuriated the remaining Boundary Park faithful and left the club teetering near the foot of the table.

The win by Macclesfield at Boundary Park yesterday was especially frustrating for the Oldham fans, as the side looked devoid of ideas and spent much of the game chasing shadows.

Macclesfield on the other hand, despite their off the pitch problems, looked organised and were rarely troubled by Oldham. Who had their first shot on goal just before the half time whistle.

Maouche was once again the target for the fans ire and his substitution signalled ironic cheers from the terraces. Manager Dino Maamria must now look long and hard at his team selections and tactics if he is going to remain in his post.

For the long-suffering Oldham fans, each game adds to their stress. Despite the fact that there is only one relegation place this season, Latics fans would rather not be agonising about it so early in the season.

Oldham Athletic fans left reeling following heavy defeat – ‘Never felt so disconnected with my club, it doesn’t even bother me these days when we see results like this’

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria

It’s time to look away Oldham Athletic fans. The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions to the Latic’s 6-1 loss this weekend.

It was an awful weekend to be an Oldham fan. However, you can’t call the game boring. It took 30 minutes for some action to take place. Then it didn’t stop.

How it happened

Mansfield went 1-0 up and a couple of minutes later, Filipe Morais was booked for a late challenge. A minute later and Mansfield were 2-0 up.

Tomas Egert was then shown a red card in the 36th minute. A moment later and Filipe Morais was shown a second yellow and also sent off. Oldham fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

Tom Hamer managed to pull a goal back for Oldham just before half time and it looked like a fight would be on the cards for an equaliser. However, things took an even worse turn.

There were 4 minutes of added time in the firstborn half which allowed Mansfield’s Maynard to get a hat-trick. Mansfield had enough time to have a breather and construct a plan.

They came out in the second half and bagged another. Then another. David Wheater managed an own goal. 20-year-old Dylan Fage has then stretchered off the pitch with a serious-looking injury. It’s since been cleared up as being a concussion. Tom Hamer then gave a penalty away meaning Mansfield made it 6-1.

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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.

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.

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