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MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic vs. Walsall

22 October 2019

Oldham Athletic are once again in action at Boundary Park as they take on Walsall in the Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Latics come into the game on a run of five games without a win against a Walsall side who have also lost their last three league games.

Head Coach Dino Maamria is hoping his side can bounce back under the lights at Boundary Park.

"It kills me after games when we lose, it absolutely kills me. I'm still trying to deal with the loss on Saturday and on Saturday night I felt sorry for my wife and kids." He said.

“What I do is I go home and the first thing I do is put the game on and watch it and digest it and the first thing I look at is myself if I should have done things differently and brake the game down in the technical details.

“And on Sunday, you look at it and analyse and you've got to come up with a way forward on Monday with a fresh group of players. That's what I do I think if you look back at the Macclesfield game, first-half we didn't start how we should start on the front foot and gave our fans, who turned up in numbers, something to cheer about."

Latics will be without several first team players through injury and suspension for tonight’s game.

Tomas Egert is serving the second of a three-match ban along with Mohammed Maouche and Mohamad Sylla who both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season against Macclesfield Town.

Dylan Fage, Zak Mills and Johan Branger-Engone are all out with injury.

Zeus De La Paz should be ok after taking a kick to the head on Saturday and Filipe Morais returns to the side after serving his one-game ban.

Youth Team prospects Lewis McKinney and Reece Gaskell are expected to be involved in the squad once again.

After relegation from Sky Bet League One, Walsall currently sit 19th in the table just four points and two places above Latics.

Caolan Lavery will be one to keep an eye on for the Latics defence tonight, he scored twice in his last appearance for Bury last season.

The last time the sides met was in April 2018 where the sides played out a 1-1 draw with Duckens Nazon on the scoresheet.

Our last win over Walsall at Boundary Park came in April 2016 in a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Curtis Main.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 11/8 to beat Walsall tonight.

Dom Shaw and Roy Butterworth will be on commentary on iFollow Latics for supporters who cannot make the game.

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

Please note the fans bar will be open from 6:30pm with a burger and a drink available for £5.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Latics Secure Victory Over Walsall

22 October 2019

Oldham Athletic picked up all three points against Walsall at Boundary Park as goals from Scott Wilson and Desire Segbe Azankpo sealed the win.

Walsall had the first chance of the game after good work from Rory Gaffney resulted in Alfie Bates having a strike on goal, but his attempt went just wide of Zeus de la Paz’s goal.

Gaffney continued to cause Latics problems, this time he laid the ball off to Rory Holden, but he couldn't quite make enough contact to directed it goal wards and the danger was cleared.

In the 35th minute, Matt Sadler rose the highest from a corner, but his header went just wide of the post.

Just before half-time, Jonny Smith played a ball over the top to Wilson and he held the ball up before passing it to Chris McCann and he had a strike on goal from outside the area, but Jack Rose pulled off a good save to deny the experienced midfielder.

After the restart, Walsall played some nice football before Stuart Sinclair played the ball to Holden and he had an effort from outside the area, but De La Paz was equal to it and palmed it away.

Shortly into the second-half, Sadler was shown a red card for hand ball as the ball was played over the top, but he stopped the Latics forward going clean through with his hand and was given his marching orders.

In the 53rd minute, Latics took the lead after great football down the left by Latics saw Iacovitti race into box before laying it off to Wilson and he smashed it into the top corner to get his first goal of the season.

Dino Maamria’s side doubled their advantage in the 69th minute when a great cross from the left landed at the feet of Azankpo, who was unmarked, and he placed his strike into the bottom corner past Rose.

Saddlers substitute Cameron Norman had an attempt from just outside the penalty area and it looked dangerous, but De La Paz kept the visitors out.

It was a proud moment in the 85th minute as Zac Emmerson came on to make his professional debut and becoming the second youngest player to play in the EFL at just 15 years and 73 days old. And in the 89th minute, Reece Gaskell also came on to make his professional debut.

The hosts continued to dominate until the final whistle and managed to see out the 2-0 win.

Oldham Athletic 2-0 Walsall.

Attendance 2438 (Away 199)

Oldham Athletic XI – De La Paz, Hamer, Wheater ©, Stott, Iacovitti, McCann, Missilou, Morais (Eagles 85’), Smith, Azankpo (Emmerson 85’), Wilson.

Subs – Woods, Smith-Brown, Gaskell, McHale, Eagles, McKinney, Emmerson.

Walsall XI – Rose, Pring (Jules 45’) (Facey 74’), Sadler, Clarke, Scarr, Sinclair, Gordon, Adebayo, Holden, Bates, Gaffney (Norman 55’).

Subs – Roberts, Norman, Facey, McDonald, Liddle, Willis, Jules.


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