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Forest Green Rovers vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 27

16 February 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics return to Sky Bet League Two action as they once again travel to the New Lawn to replay the abandoned fixture in full (7pm KO).

It has been over two weeks since Harry Kewell’s men came from behind to secure a big win over Salford City at Boundary Park, with the game this evening being the first fixture of the month.

Latics have already travelled to the New Lawn this season but the game was abandoned during the second-half as a result of heavy fog. The score was 1-1 at the time with Zak Dearnley scoring the goal for Oldham.

Form Guide

Forest Green Rovers are on a mixed run of form at the moment and have two wins in their last seven games.

They are still in a very strong position in the league, sitting second just four points off the top and with a game in hand over current table-toppers Cambridge United.

Rovers’ last six:

  1. Carlisle United 1-2 Forest Green Rovers 
  2. Forest Green Rovers 0-0 Cheltenham Town
  3. Leyton Orient 0-1 Forest Green Rovers 
  4. Tranmere Rovers 3-2 Forest Green Rovers
  5. Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Port Vale
  6. Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Crawley Town


Meetings: 4

Latics wins: 0
Forest Green wins: 1
Draws: 3

For - 2
Against - 3

Latics are yet to beat Forest Green Rovers in a competitive fixture and they will be hoping to change that at the fifth time of asking.

The two clubs have already met this season, the first game of the New Year, but the game will not go down in the record books because of the second-half abandonment.

Nicky Cadden gave the hosts the lead before Zak Dearnley levelled scoring just before half-time in difficult conditions with the snow, freezing temperatures and then fog.

The referee delayed the start of the second-half, but the fog persisted and it was eventually abandoned on the hour mark.

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Team News

In terms of selection Head Coach Harry Kewell has a nearly full fit squad for the busy fixture schedule over the next month or so.

Strikers Zak Dearnley and George Blackwood are close to a return whilst Marcus Barnes is fighting fit.

A decision needs to be made again on which two loanees will miss out with five only allowed in the matchday squad.

Watch Out For

Nicky Cadden was the man that scored against Latics in the abandoned game.

The wide midfielder has an impressive four goals and six assists to his name this campaign and he provided the winning goal in Rovers’ recent win at Leyton Orient.

The Scotsman began his senior career with Airdrieonians but had been on the books at Motherwell previously.

He moved to Livingston in the summer of 2016 where he would go on to score eight goals in 80 appearances. He was sent out on loan to Ayr United for the final few months of this time with Livingston.

The 24-year-old then signed for Greenock Morton where he impressed, scoring 10 goals and getting 13 assists in just 30 games in the Scottish Championship.

He made the move south of the border in July 2020, joining Forest Green.

In The Dugout

Mark Cooper is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

Cooper has been in charge at the New Lawn since May 2016 and it is his ninth posting as manager in senior football.

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The 52-year-old has also been in charge at Tamworth, Kettering Town, Peterborough United, Darlington, AFC Telford, Swindon Town and Notts County.

He has also represented Rovers as a player as well as manager, making 48 appearances for the club between 2001 and 2002.



The New Lawn

Capacity: 5,032 (2,000 seated)
Opened: 2006
Record attendance: 4,836 (vs Derby County, 2009)

The New Lawn employs a number of eco-friendly features designed to help make the stadium one of the most environmentally sustainable football stadia in the world.

Match Officials

Robert Lewis will again take charge of this fixture after calling the opening 2021 game to an early conclusion due to the weather conditions.


He has officiated 20 games so far this campaign, handing out 52 bookings and three red cards. The Shrewsbury-based man in the middle is usually an official in League One.

He will be assisted by Mark Derrien and Michael Webb with Brett Huxtable as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Forest Green are 10/11 favourites to win the game whilst Latics are 13/5 to record their first ever competitive win against Rovers.

13/5 is also the price available for the draw.

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Fixture News

Fixture news for Forest Green Rovers vs Oldham Athletic on 16 Feb 21

15 February 2021

Because the game is classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune into a live match stream with commentary available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics, as Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown you through the action.

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As a result iFollow generates one of the only revenue streams available to clubs through these financial challenges. 

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The EFL's campaign would like to not only convey the message that piracy is immoral and illegal, but that it is also financially damaging club's across the divisions.

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

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Match Reports

Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Latics

17 February 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Three goals weren’t enough for Latics as they slipped to defeat on a dramatic night at the New Lawn.

Conor McAleny netted a brilliant double to add to a first-half strike from Bobby Grant, but despite twice drawing level, Harry Kewell’s side were unable to prevent Forest Green Rovers from claiming the points.

Latics were also twice denied by the woodwork, including a header from captain Carl Piergianni which crashed against the post in added time, leaving the visitors with an over-riding sense of frustration.

Having fought back from conceding two early goals, Oldham would have been worthy of a point from this rearranged fixture after the abandonment of the original game last month, but in the end they left empty-handed.

This was Latics’ first competitive fixture for 17 days after two recent postponements and Kewell made three changes, Piergianni and Davis Keillor-Dunn returning to the side while Harry Vaughan, a first-year Academy scholar, took his place on the bench.

The home side, who began the game in second place in Sky Bet League Two, were quick into their stride, Baily Cargill finding space inside the area on 12 minutes before scoring with an angled finish.

And after chances for Odin Bailey and Aaron Collins, Cargill doubled his tally, heading in from close range after Latics failed to deal with a high ball into the area.

Having started to show signs of a recovery as Alfie McCalmont and Grant both went close, Latics reduced the arrears five minutes before the interval. Grant cut in from the right before his low shot was deflected in past goalkeeper Lewis Thomas.

Clearly buoyed by the goal, the visitors began the second period with renewed intent, Hilssner lining up a shot from 25 yards before McAleny equalised. An initial effort from the German midfielder was parried by Thomas, the ball breaking to McAleny, who displayed great composure to adjust himself and score.

Yet Latics were level for only six minutes, substitute Jamille Matt restoring the home side’s lead by heading in a cross from Bailey.

In a breathless flurry of action across seven minutes, the visitors again hit back straight through McAleny, who sent a fine low drive into the bottom left-hand corner.

But Latics’ failure to keep their resolve cost them dear, Josh Davison nodding home from a central position to put the hosts in front again.

Latics pressed to find another equaliser, Thomas punching clear a drive from McAleny before Keillor-Dunn was inches away with a curling effort.

Substitute Marcus Barnes was unable to connect with a teasing cross from Nicky Adams and when Piergianni was denied by the woodwork in added time, so went Latics’ hopes of rescuing anything from the game.

Forest Green Rovers: Thomas, Sweeney (Hutchinson 58), Stokes, Cargill, Adams, Collins (Matt 46), Cadden, Bailey (Bernard 89), Whitehouse, Godwin-Malife, Davison (Wilson 71).

Subs not used: McGee, Young, Wagstaff.

Oldham Athletic: Lawlor, Jombati, Piergianni, Keillor-Dunn, Grant (Barnes 78), McAleny, Badan, Hilssner, Adams, Bahamboula (Tasdemir 62), McCalmont.

Subs not used: Bilboe, Jameson, Ntambwe, Diarra, Vaughan.

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