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Oldham Have To Start These Three Players In Order To Blow Away Crewe

With the 2nd round of the FA Cup out of the way and a place in the 3rd round assured, Latics turn back to life in League Two this weekend with a visit to Crewe.

Manager Frankie Bunn has been forced to change his side recently due to injuries and a suspension. Unbeaten in six games, Latics will feel confident about their chances against Crewe who are just below them in the table.

Several players have been pivotal in keeping the team in sight of the promotion places but three of them really need to be in the starting line up for maximum effect.

Gevaro Nepomuceno

The lively midfielder has been key to much of the recent success. It is useful to have a player who can switch wings when needed. The Curaçaoan international has scored two goals and assisted three goals in his 16 appearances so far this season. 

Nepomuceno has already doubled his single goal tally from last season and, will be eager to justify his new contract.

Sam Surridge

The on-loan striker from Bournemouth has recently been rewarded for his fine Latics form with a new contract with the Cherries.

Surridge hit the ground running in League Two, and has found the back of the net on nine occasions in his 13 appearances so far this campaign. 

Oldham rued a lot of missed chances during an early season wobble, Bunn will be hoping his goal machine can turn them chances into goals…and more importantly points.

Christopher Missilou

The Congo international plied his trade in the French leagues before a summer trial with Oldham, in which he was snapped up by Frankie Bunn.

In his defensive midfield role, Missilou is there to provide a bit of balance to the team as well as protection to the defenders.

He’s played in 16 matches since his arrival in League Two and has largely impressed the Latics fans.

Bunn Has To Play This Striker Tonight To Start Hitting In The Onion Bag Consistently

With somewhat of a feel-good factor beginning to grow at Latics, tonight’s game could come at just the right time.

A sturdy performance away at Tranmere has lifted some of the gloom, with fans turning out in their numbers, to witness a keenly fought draw. A telling aspect for me was that everyone stayed to applaud the team after the final whistle. Not the norm for Latics fans after a draw, especially after letting a lead slip.

A tired looking Ishmael Miller must surely be given a rest this evening in favour of top scorer Sam Surridge. For two games in a row he has come on to have a positive impact, and tonight’s game could see him be the difference between the sides.

This evenings game is an opportunity to make a real statement in League Two. Oldham are currently languishing in mid-table, but a small run of victories would see them shoot up the league.

One dilemma for Frankie Bunn, is the emergence of Callum Lang as a threat up top. This could give Bunn a headache, as he does like to have a target man as one of his strikers.

Personally, I would start Surridge and O’Grady. Miller needs to find his drive and hunger again, as he seemed to coast on Saturday. I would drop Lang and have him as an impact sub for tonight. Hopefully firing him up and providing fresh legs, as Surridge is unlikely to be able to compete for 90 minutes.

This is in no way an attack on Lang in the slightest as he has shown a great deal, but we now have four front men, and they need to be rotated.

The form of Lincoln has been a tad ‘iffy’ lately and many will feel this could be a great time to play them. Tuesday night, at the coldest ground in the country, on an already bitterly cold day. Get out there Oldham, get in their faces and make yourselves known. This could be the turning point of the season, whichever team wants it the most will most likely edge this one.

Checkatrade Victory Could Boost Oldham’s League Form

The Checkatrade Trophy has its detractors but Oldham’s comeback against Everton U-21’s last night after being 2-0 down at halftime might just give the side the boost they need to improve their League Two campaign.

Latics crowd of 1004 was the lowest since the 1930’s but, the ones who did brave the October temperatures may well be thinking that they witnessed a possible solution to the continued absence of top scorer Sam Surridge.

Both Jonathan Benteke and Ishmael Miller got on the scoresheet last night with Benteke scoring the winner from an acute angle. It was Miller’s first full 90 minutes of the season and if he can remain fit enough and injury free, both he and Benteke must be considered for starting places against Stevenage this weekend.

Playing with a single forward has infuriated Latics fans and many have questioned manager Frankie Bunn’s tactics which have seen Latics slip down the table. Apparently, Bunn’s halftime talk was the catalyst for the second half revival, therefore, he needs to seriously look at his options up front rather than continue with the team selection which has seen Latics pick up just four points in October,

Participating in the Checkatrade Trophy might seem to be pointless by some supporters, however, the £100,000 prize for the Wembley winner would be a welcome payday for the cash-strapped club and could give much-needed relief to the frustrated fans.

Loanees Set Oldham on their way…

It’s true that the Latics haven’t been the fastest of starters in recent years. Although this year’s beginning is far from blistering, the average Latics fan is at least content so far.

Loan signings at opposite ends of the field seem to have given the side a more balanced look. If nothing else, it has fixed most of the problems from the second half of last season.

Around about Christmas time last year, the goals dried up for Latics. In -orm loanee Eoin Doyle was injured, and Craig Davies seemed to have his mind elsewhere.

Whilst at the other end, ‘Marmite’ goalie, Jonny Placide, had started to leak goals. Some of which were of his own creation, as yet another Cruyff turn proved one too many.

Enter Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) and Dan Iverson (Leicester) on loan for the season.

Sam Surridge’s form has been superb, scoring nine goals in nine appearances, with one assist too. He also picked up the League two player of the month award for September. In Surridge, the Latics have a player that wants to get stuck in, is passionate about his football, and gives it all every game. He is continually a thorn in the defender’s side, alongside some tidy finishing and an excellent turn of pace.

Without Surridge, it scares me as to where Oldham would be.

Dan Iverson’s performances are also well worthy of praise. It seems at least once a game (sometimes more), he pulls off an absolute ‘worldy’ to keep the opposition out. These saves are certainly key to keeping Latics in games and allowing them to pick up points.

Two great and very much needed signings by Frankie Bunn.

As always with Oldham, the season could go either way from here on in, but one thing is for certain, these two loanees will be absolutely key to any success that comes their way.

Oldham Will Ease Pass Swindon Only If This Bang-In-Form Striker Starts – Agree?

There are a good number of Oldham fans whose default setting seems to be that of expecting everything that has gone right in the last few weeks, to come crashing down around their ears.

You can’t blame them for being apprehensive, however, as history has shown us that whenever Latics seem to be experiencing a rise in fortune. There is always something just around the corner to ruin it all.

Happily, the club’s current form looks set to continue if certain players can stay injury free and focused.

Sam Surridge has settled into life in League Two with comparative ease and is fast becoming the idol of Oldham fans.

His inclusion in every starting line up is essential, particularly away from home as his ability to cause numerous problems in the opposition box is vital to Latics controlling the game.

In previous seasons under different management, the decision to play with a lone forward away from home and lump the ball in his general direction failed on numerous occasions.

Frankie Bunn’s use of Surridge with support from Jose Baxter has worked well.

It needs to continue if we are to pick up more points away from home. Swindon will not relish facing a player in such good form.

Does Surridge Hold the Key to Beating Colchester

Sam Surridge caused more than just a ripple of interest among Latics fans before he’d even kicked a ball for us. That interest dissipated somewhat when it was realised that there was a ‘t’ missing from his name, and we were not about to get Liverpool’s, Daniel Sturridge!

Still, Sam is younger at 20 years old and has a good deal of experience at this level! His balance and eye for goal are probably what caught the eye of Bournemouth who signed him at the early age of 14.

He spent last season on loan to Yeovil Town where he scored 10 goals in 53 appearances.

In only 6 appearances so far for the Latics, however, he has bagged 5 goals, including two in the 3-0 win at Grimsby last Saturday.

Surridge is a cut above the usual standard of League Two strikers and, it will be key to Oldham’s promotion ambitions that he maintains his current form and keeps his place in the team.

Colchester have had an equally good start to the season as the Latics but, Sam Surridge could be the difference between the two sides on Saturday in what should be a close match.

Oldham Athletic fans do you agree?

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