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Posted Sat 02 May 15

MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic v Peterborough United

Oldham Athletic bring the curtain down on the 2014/15 season as they host Peterborough United tomorrow (12.15pm KO).

The game marks Dean Holden's final scheduled game in charge of Latics and he comes up against a club he served for two years between 2005-2007.

It's been an up and down season for Latics but Holden admits he wants to finish the season strongly to give the club momentum going into next season.

Holden has performed admirably given the club's injury crisis and he enters the game knowing victory could push his side up a couple of places in the league.

Peterborough enter the game in a similar position to Latics as former manager Darren Ferguson left the club, leaving Dave Robertson in charge.

Since Ferguson's departure in late February, Robertson has six wins in 13 games but has only won one of their last seven.

Posh had struggled for goals, having scored two in six games but last weekend's 4-3 victory over Crawley Town got them back on track.

Last season's clash at SportsDirect.com Park will live long in the memories of all Oldham Athletic fans as recently-departed Genserix Kusunga fired in a last minute winner to win the game 5-4.

The clash earlier in the season was also an entertaining affair as Jonathan Forte put Latics ahead before two Posh goals put them ahead.

However, it was Kusunga again that hit back and equalised for Latics to seal a 2-2 draw.

Jonathan Forte and Joseph Mills will miss the game through injury so Dean Holden could give youth a chance in the final game of the season.

David Mellor could keep his place at full back whilst Jack Truelove and Jordan Bove could be given a chance in the starting 11.

Peterborough have teenagers Leo Da Silva Lopes and Jonny Edwards both in contention to start on Sunday.

Jon Taylor (knee) and Kgosi Ntlhe (suspended) join long-term absentees Jack Baldwin and Jermaine Anderson on the injury list.

Speaking about the clash, first team manager, Dean Holden, said: "I think it's important now that we try and focus on going out with a bang and send the fans home into the summer break with some optimism. We have got the new stand coming next season and there has been a great turnout in the last couple of days and there is a lot of excitement around. We want to finish the season, starting into next season with a real sense of optimism.

"There has been a great turn out in these past couple of days. There has been a lot of things for them to see and it's been good for them to come in and see what's going on behind the scenes and have a look at the food on offer. 

"I tasted some of that myself and it was nice! It's excitement around the town and that's important. There is a lot going on at the moment and lots of excitement. 

"The players and people at this football club have got a huge part to play. We give the fans something to look forward to on a weekend because they have worked all week so I think it's important that we do the right thing on Sunday."

LAST MEETING
October 2014 - Sky Bet League One
Peterborough (Bostwick, Maddison) 2-2 Oldham Athletic (Forte, Kusunga)

LAST MATCHES
Saturday, April 25 - Sky Bet League One                                   
Walsall 2-0 Oldham Athletic

Saturday, April 25 - Sky Bet League One           
Peterborough 4-3 Crawley Town

TOP SCORERS                                          
Jonathan Forte (15) - (13) Conor Washington

MAN TO WATCH
Marcus Maddison - The 21-year-old has had a good debut season in the Football League, scoring eight goals, including two exceptional free kicks, one against Latics. The former Newcastle United trainee also has four assists this season. 

ODDS
Oldham Athletic: 13/8 Draw: 23/10 Peterborough United: 13/8   

Sky Bet cannot separate both sides for tomorrow's clash. 

COVERAGE
If you can't make it to the game, make sure to follow live text updates via The Wall and Twitter from the fixture.                                          

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