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Preview: Oldham Athletic v Bury

24 October 2017

Injuries continue to hamper the Manager’s plans, though the four or five that are missing are not that far away from either training, getting minutes into games, or actually starting.

Chris Humphrey, Craig Jones and Danny Mayor are training and may warrant a place on the bench, either tonight or very soon.  Stephen Dawson will be back running before the end of the week and Nathan Cameron should be in a similar position very soon.

Two players returned to the squad and have been involved in recent weeks.  Eoghan O’Connell hasn’t missed a minute since his comeback from a pre-season knee injury and Jay O’Shea has been a used substitute on the three or four occasions that he has sat on the bench.  He’s due to start a game, tonight could be it.

Who does he replace though?  Jay O’Shea is the type of player whose name alone will worry any opposition manager  – and rightly so. Jay arrived at the club over the summer with something of a reputation and one that can cause damage.  He needs to be playing, for his own sake and for the club’s sake – to get this season up and running.

In the last few weeks, performances have improved, results have been collected – 3-0 against Oxford, 3-1 against Bradford City.  We seem to be taking a giant stride forward in some games, and then around three or four steps backwards in the following games.

A dominant performance at Blackpool should have brought a positive result – it didn’t.  A lapse in concentration for a second cost us the game.  It happens, it will probably more than likely happen again.  The trick is to convert the chances before that lapse in concentration happens.

Chances are being created and made.  Chances are not being converted though – which then leads to a confidence problem, which then leads to a nervous problem.

The calibre of players brought in over the summer raised expectation and optimism to new heights.  It’s not worked out as planned, the league table proves that, performances have been mixed.  Some good, some exceptional, some not so good – things have to improve and results need to be picked up.

Many thought they would turn after the Oxford win, but things slipped quickly with a 2-0 defeat four days later at home to MK Dons.  Victories at Blackburn and against Bradford again saw hopes raised – had we turned the corner?  Then defeats at Blackpool and at Southend at the weekend.  One step forward, three steps back.

There’s a renewed expectation amongst the squad, amongst the players – get to Oldham and put it right.  Get at home on Saturday and put it right.  Jay O’Shea should get back into the starting XI either tonight, or on Saturday.  Others will soon follow – the Manager may be at a point in the coming weeks where he can boast a fully fit squad.  It’s just around the corner, but results need to change, the mood needs to change – get that win, get some momentum.  It needs to happen.

For Oldham, Queensy Menig looks set to retain his place in the Oldham XI for the game. The Nantes loanee made his first League One start of the season in Latics' 4-4 draw with MK Dons, and was replaced when Richie Wellens' men were 4-2 up.

In what was his first game since being appointed permanently, Wellens praised Menig for his performance in a game that also saw the return of Ryan Flynn from an Achilles injury. Ryan McLaughlin (hamstring), Courtney Duffus (illness) and Paul Green (Achilles) are all still out.

The Opposition View: Click here to visit the Official Oldham Athletic Website

Last time out:  Sat 11 March 2017 – Oldham Athletic 0 Bury 0
Oldham and Bury stayed just above the League One relegation zone after playing out a tense and scrappy goalless draw.

Chances were at a premium between the north-west rivals, with both defences standing strong whenever they faced a spell of pressure.

Bury made an excellent start and could have gone ahead after 10 minutes when Taylor Moore volleyed wide from a good position.

Paul Caddis went close for the Shakers with a shot which deflected over, while Cameron Burgess brought a smart save from Oldham keeper Connor Ripley.

Oldham's first opening, after half an hour, came on the counter-attack but was pulled off target from 20 yards by Tope Obadeyi.

Ryan Lowe curled a shot wide for Bury before the dangerous Obadeyi cut inside from the right and drilled an angled effort beyond the far post.

Substitute George Miller fired straight at Ripley on one of the few occasions the visitors found space in Oldham's penalty area.

The best chance came in the 90th minute, but Ripley saved with his legs after Miller had been teed up by James Vaughan.

Referee:  Tuesday’s referee is Mr Darren Drysdale from Lincolnshire

So far this season, Darren has taken charge of 14 games – showing 37 yellow cards and 3 red cards.  His last game was on Tue 17 October when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Rochdale & Northampton Town at the Crown Oil Arena.  The game finished 2-2 with three yellow cards shown.

Darren’s last game involving the Shakers was on Sat 4 March 2017 when he took charge of a 2-1 defeat against Gillingham at Gigg Lane, with four yellow cards shown during the game.

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 9/4 to win the game whilst Oldham Athletic are 23/20.  A draw is on offer at 5/2

Top Ten Tips for the game:

  • Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 9/4
  • Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 1-0 Bury win – 30/1
  • Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 2-1 Bury win – 50/1
  • Bury to win by exactly two goals – 10/1
  • Bury to win and both teams to score – 9/2
  • Correct score only – Oldham Athletic 1 Bury 2 10/1
  • First goal – Jermaine Beckford – 9/2
  • Last goal – Chris Maguire – 15/2
  • To score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 40/1
  • To score in 90 minutes – Michael Smith – 9/4

Click here for plenty of markets available on tonight’s game

We’ve met before:  Tuesday night’s game is the 46th such meeting between the two sides.  Bury have won 15 games, whilst the Latics have won 13 games.  The remaining 17 games have finished all square.  

Of the previous 21 games at the Park, Oldham have won 8, Bury have won 7 and the remaining 6 games have finished as draws.

The first meeting between the two sides took place on Sat 17th December 1910, a 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane, whilst the last game, at Boundary Park on Saturday 11th March 2017,  finished 0-0.

Ticket News:  Click here for ticket news for this game

SLO Info:  SLO info, along with directions and estimated travelling time from Gigg Lane, for this game can be found under ‘Oldham Athletic’ here

First time visitor guide from Oldham Athletic:  Click here

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Match Reports

Report: Oldham Athletic 2 Bury 1

Shakers defeated following injury time goal at Park

24 October 2017

The Shakers showed real character in fighting back from a losing position, but it was not enough as they were beaten 2-1 on a wet evening against local side Oldham Athletic.

Eoin Doyle found the only goal of the first half in Richie Wellen’s first home game in permanent charge of Oldham with a neat finish from close range.

The visitors hit back with Tom Aldred’s first goal for the club after the break, but substitute Amadi-Holloway slotted home the goal to seal all three points for Oldham.

Chris Humphrey returned to the Shakers starting line-up after recovering from an injury that forced him out of action since Bradford City at home almost two weeks ago, while Jay O’Shea, Rohan Ince and Leo Fasan also began the game after starting as substitutes against Southend United on Saturday.

With just four minutes on the clock, Greg Leigh attempted an audacious effort at goal after a misguided lob downfield from the Oldham goalkeeper Johny Placide, but Leigh’s wayward effort flew wide of the post without causing too much trouble to Placide’s goal.

Doyle’s header from a set-piece in the 16th minute looked destined for the back of the net until Leo Fasan was on hand to pull off a world class save and turn the header around the post.

On 24 minutes, the hosts broke the deadlock with a nice piece of play on the edge of the penalty area. Craig Davies played an intricate pass to Dan Gardner, the latter wasted no time in playing through Doyle, who finished without any hesitation to take the lead.

Three minutes later and Davies was presented with a good opportunity from 20 yards out, but his low driven effort was well saved down to Fasan’s left-hand side.

It was a quiet first half in front of goal for the Shakers, however, Humphrey’s last-minute header which was saved down low was enough to give the visiting supporters some encouragement.

The Shakers continued their attacking threat into the second half as they made a perfect start thanks to Aldred’s perfect positioning inside the opponent’s penalty area. O’Shea troubled the home side’s defence, and as a result, hleft-footedted cross down the left flank picked out Aldred, who’s looping header bounced off the post and into the back of the net to level the scores.

Aldred’s goal gave Lee Clark’s men the confidence to go in search for that all-important goal to take them into the lead. Rohan Ince went for glory on the 55th minute from 25 yards out, and it was not far from finding the target as it nestled onto the top of Placide’s goal.

Substitute Mihai Dobre was unafraid to turn the match on its head as his thunderous strike from distance tested the goalkeeper, saving impressively to catch the ball.

Jack Byrne was at the other end moments later as his shot from 20 yards out crept narrowly over Fasan’s crossbar.

On 82 minutes, Davies’ shot landed inches wide of the Bury goal as he cut in from the left wing, his right footed shot beat Fasan but was unable to find the target.

Jermaine Beckford had a fantastic opportunity in front of goal in additional time. He started with his back to goal before finding space and time to turn and find the target, but he was matched by the Haiti goalkeeper.

The hosts found the winning goal on the 94th minute immediately after Placide’s save, he quickly played a direct ball forward to substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway and the striker delivered the winning goal as he slotted the ball into the corner of the goal.

The Shakers return to Gigg Lane this Saturday after three games on the road, they welcome Doncaster Rovers to the Energy Check Stadium.

Attendance: 5,183 (752 visiting supporters)

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt, Fane, Byrne (Green 87), Gardner, Menig (Omrani 60), Doyle, Davies (Amadi-Holloway 87)

Unused subs: Ruddy, Wilson, Gerrard, Flynn

Bury: Fasan, Aldred, Edwards, O’Connell, Humphrey (Dobre 55), Leigh, Reilly, Ince (Laurent 79), O’Shea, Smith (Tutte 89), Beckford

Unused subs: Maguire, Bunn, Maloney, Shotton

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