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21 December 2019 Venue Boundary Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic vs. Crawley Town

20 December 2019

Latics will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at Swindon last weekend when Crawley Town come to Boundary Park tomorrow (3pm KO).

Oldham are unbeaten in three in the league at home whilst Crawley are yet to pick up maximum points on the road this season.

Form Guide

Latics’ defeat at Swindon was the first time since the 19th of October that they have lost in league action whereas Crawley have won none of their last six games across all competitions.

Red Devils’ last six:

  1. Crawley Town 1-4 Oxford United (EFL Trophy)
  2. Crawley Town 1-1 Morecambe
  3. Crawley Town 0-1 Exeter City
  4. Crawley Town 1-2 Fleetwood Town (FA Cup)
  5. Stevenage 0-0 Crawley Town
  6. Crawley Town 0-0 Port Vale

Head To Head

The two sides have faced off against each other eight times with Oldham Athletic winning half of them, two draws and Crawley winning twice.

Oldham did the double over Crawley last season including an impressive 3-0 win away from home.

Crawley Town 0-3 Oldham Athletic – 9th Feb 2019

Three goals in the last quarter of an hour sealed Athletic’s first win since New Year’s Day. Branger-Engone started the scoring with a brilliantly executed free-kick and then with just four minutes of time left Zak Dearnley doubled the lead with a debut goal. The scoring was complete four minutes into added time with Gevaro Nepomuceno netting.

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League Story So Far

The Red Devils are 16th in the Sky Bet League Two table, three points above Oldham going into the game.

Crawley enjoyed a solid start to their league season, winning three of their opening six league matches. However, since then, they have won just two of their 15 games since then and find themselves without a win in the league since they beat Colchester united 2-1 on the 12th of October.

Crawley don’t look to be in any danger of drama at either end of the table, they are 11 points outside of the playoffs and eight points of the relegation spot.

What We Said

Dino Maamria: "I actually like playing the consecutive games because it keeps you focused and fresh.

"I always say, take it one game at a time. Yes, the batch is five games in the two week period. You have to plan well for them and make sure that your training schedule is the right one for the players. You have to give the players enough breathing space as well to keep them ready for these games.

"I’ve done physical work with the players these last few weeks when we had a free week. Now we have to focus on the technical part of the game. But we will take it one game at a time and its Crawley at home this week."

What They Said

John Yems: "It’ll be tough up there, they’re a good side Oldham but there’s no easy games and this definitely isn’t going to be an easy one.

"Goals win you games, we can only do what we do and if we keep playing the way we have and the lads improve, you’ve got to be happy with it."

He continued: "Everybody works hard in training deserves to get picked, there’s four of five games so you might lose one or two, hopefully we don’t and then it’s down to the lads as soon as they get their chance to try and keep the shirt. That’s what its all about."

Watch Out For

Beryly Lubala – Town are struggling for goals at present but if there’s anyone who can help ease these worries it's Beryly Lubala.

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Lubala joined the Red Devils in the summer after departing Birmingham City.

He made an immediate impact at Broadfield Stadium, scoring in each of his new side’s first four league games.

The Congo born forward was a regular member of Birmingham’s matchday squad last season but only made four substitute appearances for the Blues, failing to register a goal.

In The Dugout

In the away dugout at Boundary Park will be John Yems.

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Yems was appointed as Head Coach of the Red Devils on the December 5th 2019 after the departure of Gabriele Cioffi and has so far overseen two games as boss, both resulting in goalless draws.

The experienced individual, who has had many different roles in football throughout his career, was part of a three-man team of caretaker managers at the Broadfield Stadium in 2006 after Crawley dismissed John Hollins.

Ticket Information

All ticket information can be found by clicking here. With Season Card holders able to bring a friend to the game for just £5 as part of the festive fixture.

Click the below image to find out more. Please note discounted tickets need to be purchased from the Ticket Office and are not available at the turnstile.

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How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics with Mike Leyland and Roy Butterworth who will be talking you through the match.

The iFollow video match pass is available for overseas residents only.

To subscribe for the fixture, click here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

Roger Palmer Fans Bar

As its Latics' Christmas fixture, Quirky Catering will be providing Turkey wraps with all the trimmings and mulled wine for £8 ahead of kick-off.

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Please note the room will be closed at full-time due to a private function.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Latics Come From Behind To Take All Three Points

21 December 2019

After a first half-strike from Lewis Young put Crawley Town ahead, but second half goals from David Wheater and Mohammed Maouche earned Latics their third home victory of the season.

In a quiet first five minutes as both sides found their footing in the game, the visitors fashioned the early opening as a swift counter attack through Ollie Palmer ended with a Nathanial George cross that was easily caught by De La Paz.

Latics grew into the game and started to dominate possession, creating several half chances. A floated cross from Iacovitti fell just too far in front of Desire Segbe Azankpo before diminutive winger Johnny Smith drove at his defender, shooting tamely at keeper.

The hosts missed a guilt-edged chance on the tenth minute as a clever slide roll ball from McCann cut the Crawley defence in two, finding the onrushing Azankpo. The pacy forward managed to take it round the keeper but couldn’t find the net as centre-back Jordan Tunnicliffe recovered just in time to make the tackle and force the corner.

Oldham built on this early pressure as the experienced playmaker displayed some fantastic footwork to sell two Crawley players before playing an offside looped ball through to Jean Louis Akpa Akpro.

The Red Devils took the lead against the run of play on 15 minutes. Attack-Minded wing-back Lewis Young drove forward from the right-hand side and was given time and space on edge of the area before slotting the ball into the bottom corner off the post.

Latics had a Penalty claim turned away mid-way through the half by the referee after Smith skilfully beat two Crawley defenders before being bundled over in the box.

Smith was heavily involved in all of Oldham’s attacks as they sought an equaliser and following a driving run from the wide-man on the left-hand side, the tricky winger found Mohammed Maouche on the edge of the area who stung the hands of keeper Glen Morris.

The final opportunity of the half fell Oldham’s way as a corner swung in from right-hand side found the head of David Wheater and after several flick-ons in the penalty area, Azankpo turned the ball just wide of the mark.

Half Time: Oldham Athletic 0 Crawley Town 1

The home side raced out of the blocks after half-time and after a spell of early pressure, Latics found the equaliser as a Johnny Smith Corner found the head of Wheater whose header proved too powerful for Morris as the ball nestled into the corner of the goal.

Oldham completed the comeback just short of the hour mark as substitute Scott Wilson picked up a loose ball midway through the Crawley half and managed to pick out Maouche in acres of space on the edge of the box, calmly stroking the ball past Morris

The visitors almost drew themselves level just minutes after the goal. Some good work on the left-hand-side resulted in forward Tarryn Allarakhia finding half a yard of space on the edge of the area as his curling shot flew just wide of De La Paz’s far post.

Huge penalty appeals were once again waved away by referee Martin Coy as poacher Azankpo appeared to be tripped in the area following a through-ball leaving him bearing down on goal.

Crawley wasted another good chance on 73 minutes as substitute Mason Bloomfield found himself inside the area following a mazy run from halfway through the Oldham half. Several Latics defenders managed to put the forward off as he blazed his strike over the bar.

As Town left themselves exposed chasing an equaliser, Latics almost extended their lead, swiftly countering on their opponents as Morris was forced into a double save from Maouche and Chris McCann.

Oldham kept pressing their opponents high up the pitch and their pressure almost paid off as a crunching tackle from midfield enforcer Mohammad Sylla sent Wilson through on goal but after being forced wide, the striker was only able to curl wide of the mark.

The Reds fashioned another half-chance with two minutes of normal time remaining as Young picked out Beryly Lubala in the box who could only fluff his lines and send the ball out for a goal-kick.

Latics defended resolutely through the six minutes of additional time with commanding centre-half Thomas Egert slotted into the backline as Latics held out for a richly deserved three points.

Oldham Athletic 2-1 Crawley Town.

Attendance: 2,732 (55 away supporters).

Oldham Athletic XI: De La Paz (GK), Mills, Iacovitti, Maouche (Eagles ’83), Azankpo (Egert ’89), Sylla, McCann, Smith, Akpa Akpro (Wilson ’36), Wheater, Hamer.

Subs: Woods (GK), Smith-Brown, Wilson, Fage, Adams, Egert, Eagles.

Crawley Town: Morris (GK), Young, Doherty, McNerney, Palmer, Ferguson, Nathanial-George (Camara ’83), Allarakhia (Bloomfield ’67), Tunnicliffe, Bulman, Lubala.

Subs: Jones (GK), Dallison, Francomb, Bloomfield, Sendles-White, Galach, Camara.

Man of the match: Jonny Smith

Referee: Martin Coy

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Ticket News

REMINDER: Bring A Friend For £5

18 December 2019

A reminder that Season Card holders can bring a friend to the Crawley Town game on Saturday for just £5.

In the Sky Bet League Two fixture at Boundary Park at the weekend on Saturday 21 December (3pm KO), current season ticket and half-season ticket holders can take advantage of the discount that entitles them to bring a friend to the game for just £5.

This festive offer can only be redeemed once, per season card holder and can be purchased from the Boundary Park Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.

Extra tickets will be charged at the normal category prices.

For more information, please contact supporter.services@oldhamathletic.co.uk or call 0161 785 5150. 

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