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Cheltenham Town vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 25

26 January 2021

Latics will hope to make it back-to-back wins when they travel to Gloucestershire to take on Cheltenham Town this evening (7pm KO).

Last time out, Oldham came out on top in a five-goal thriller that saw them complete the double over Newport County.

A third league win at Boundary Park this season means Latics are 14th in the league two table.

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Form Guide

Cheltenham come into the game off the back of an FA Cup tie with Manchester City.

Town shocked everyone by taking the lead in the 59th minute, courtesy of Alfie May but they were unable to pull off a famous cup upset and went on to lose 3-1 with goals coming from Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres.

Despite the eventual defeat, the spirited display will no doubt enthuse the Robin who are yet to win a league game in 2021.

They have gone seven without a win in league two, a run that has seen them slip to 7th in the table.

The Robins’ last six:

  1. Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City (FA Cup)
  2. Cheltenham Town 1-1 Newport County
  3. Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Cheltenham Town
  4. Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town (After ET in the FA Cup)
  5. Colchester United 0-0 Cheltenham Town
  6. Cheltenham Town 1-1 Stevenage

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 17

Latics wins: 5
Cheltenham wins: 5
Draws: 7

Scored - 20
Conceded - 19

This is the second time this season that Latics have taken on Cheltenham Town.

Oldham got the better of the Robins at Boundary Park earlier on in the season despite falling behind on the half hour mark with former Latic Reuben Reid scoring the goal.

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George Blackwood restored parity just four minutes later with Harry Clarke converting in the 85th minute to ensure three big points for Harry Kewell’s men.

Team News

In terms of selection Head Coach Harry Kewell still has Zak Dearnley out in the short-term due to injury.

A decision needs to be made again on which loanee will miss out with five only allowed in the matchday squad, with Lawlor looking to make a return.

George Blackwood's recovery is going well but is still absent from full training so is not match fit.

Interesting Info

Against Cheltenham:
  • P8 - W1, D5, L2, Scored 8 & Conceded 11 away from home. 
  • The Robins knocked Latics out of the cup twice in 2002 and 2008.
  • The only win at Whaddon Road was in 2006.
  • Losing the first ever match at Whaddon Road (cup game in 2002), and the most recent (Jan 2002, 3-0 in League Two). In between going unbeaten in six (W1 D5).
Away Form:
  • Now the second best in League Two after Forest Green’s win on Saturday. (W6 D3 L2).
  • And is the joint second best ever away record after 11 matches. Had 23 points by this stage in 2002-2003, and 21 points in 1929-30 (assuming three points were for a win).
The Match:
  • Latics are still one win in five, though that was Saturday. Also two wins in six, both coming against Newport.
  • Cheltenham are without a league win in seven (D5, L2). Their last win was 5-3 against Exeter on December 5th.
  • But since scoring five against Exeter, they’ve scored only three in the seven games since, conceding seven.
  • They’re the 9th best team at home in League Two (W5, D4, L3, Scored 18 & Conceded 13). But just one home win in five (W1 D3 L1).

Watch Out For

Alfie May was on hand to hit home for the Robins against Manchester City and Latics will have to be careful he doesn’t do the same at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

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May started his career with Billericay in non-league and has also played for a number of clubs further down the footballing pyramid before being awarded with his first professional contract at Doncaster Rovers in January 2017.

The versatile attacker scored 23 goals in 116 games for Rovers before joining the Robins in January 2020 for an undisclosed fee.

May has scored 14 goals since making the move to the Jonny-Rocks stadium.

Another thing Latics will have to watch out for is the long throws that Ben Tozer has in his locker.

The former Newcastle United man’s throws were a constant thorn in the side of Manchester City and was a big factor in the opening goal of the tie.

Familiar Face

Cheltenham striker Reuben Reid spent a season and a half at Boundary Park.

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Reid started at Plymouth Argyle and had loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford before moving permanent moves to Rotherham United and then West Bromwich Albion.

Whilst at Baggies, Reid was sent out on loan to Peterborough United and Walsall before his move to join Oldham Athletic in January 2011.

He scored two goals in the second half of the 2010/11 season for Latics and had enjoyed a strong start to the following campaign, but injury would frustrate the forward and he was eventually released at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Since leaving Boundary Park, he has played for Yeovil Town, Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers before joining Cheltenham Town in June 2019 and has since returned to Yeovil Town until the end of the current season.

In The Dugout

Michael Duff is the man in the dugout for the Robins.

Duff made over 300 appearances in his time as a player with Cheltenham Town before moving on to Burnley where he would play in the Premier League. 

The 42-year-old has had managerial roles in the academy setup at Burnley, but Cheltenham Town is his first professional job as manager. He was appointed boss in September 2018 and has since been given an extended contract.

Stadium

The Jonny-Rocks Stadium (Whaddon Road)

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Capacity: 7,066
Opened: 1927
Record attendance: 8,326 (v Reading 1956)

Match Officials

Tonight's referee is Carl Brook. 

Originally from Scotland he has taken charge of 16 games this season, handing out 55 bookings and two red cards.

This will be his first fixture involving Latics during this campaign after being promoted from the National League last season.

He will be assisted by Kevin Morris and James Vallance with the Fourth Official being Robert Lewis.

Sky Bet Odds

The Robins are 17/20 favourites to pick up their first league win of the year and Latics are 14/5 to complete the double.

The draw is 13/5.

A repeat of Oldham’s 2-1 win from earlier in the season is 11/1.

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How To Follow The Game

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.

This match is available as a live stream for the fee of £10 by clicking here.

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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

Cheltenham Town 2-0 Latics

27 January 2021

Cheltenham scored twice in the second-half as Latics slipped to their first defeat in seven away league games.

Andy Williams and Alfie May were both on target to secure the points for the home side, leaving Oldham to reflect on a disappointing evening.

Harry Kewell’s side created enough chances to have taken the lead during a promising first-half display but were punished for failing to capitalise when on top.

Latics were the better side until Williams opened the scoring nine minutes after half-time, but once ahead Cheltenham were able to close out the game with a degree of comfort.

Laurence Bilboe, deputising in goal again for the injured Ian Lawlor, was called into a number of early saves, twice denying May in the opening minutes before saving Williams’ header from a Lewis Freestone cross.

Latics thought they had opened the scoring on 12 minutes, when Marcel Hilssner’s fiercely-struck free-kick from fully 40 yards was fumbled by Josh Griffiths. The ball looked to be inching in but referee Carl Brook judged that it had not crossed the line by the time the goalkeeper recovered.

A shot from Bahamboula flashed wide and the Frenchman had a golden chance shortly before the interval. He raced into the area having been released by a great pass from Hilssner but dwelt on the chance, meaning his shot was charged down.

McAleny curled a shot wide after good approach work involving Hilssner and Nicky Adams, and Latics’ bright play continued initially after the re-start with McAleny’s shot being deflected wide.

It was against the run of play that the home side went ahead, Williams sending a curling effort past Bilboe and the home side proceeded to take control.

That was not until Bahamboula, weaving his way in from the right, sent a shot against the Cheltenham crossbar, but that was as good as things would get the for visitors.

Boyle headed wide from a Clements corner, while Bilboe gathered a Finn Azaz shot at the second attempt and the goalkeeper did well to deny Williams at close range.

By now, the home side were firmly in the ascendancy and any chance of a Latics comeback was extinguished on 83 minutes when May found the target after a nice turn and excellent finish.

Cheltenham Town: Griffiths, Tozer, Raglan, Thomas, Clements, May (Lloyd 85), Blair, Williams (Addai 90), Boyle, Freestone, Azaz.

Subs not used: Flinders, Long, Bowry, Chamberlain, Ebanks.

Oldham Athletic: Bilboe, Clarke, Jombati, Garrity, Keillor-Dunn (McCalmont 76), Jameson (Badan 70), Ntambwe (Grant 64), McAleny, Hilssner, Adams, Bahamboula.

Subs not used: Chapman, Piergianni, Fage, Hamer,

Referee: Carl Brook

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