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Latics vs. Exeter City

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 37

23 March 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics welcome Exeter City to Boundary Park for a rearranged Sky Bet League Two fixture (7pm KO).

Last time out, Keith Curle’s men played well and were unlucky to have to settle for a share of the points against Bradford City.

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Form Guide

Promotion hopefuls Exeter City currently find themselves just outside of the top seven after losing their last two.

The Grecians will be hoping that these two defeats are just a blip as they had lost just one of their eight previous encounters.

A place in the playoffs is in Exeter’s own hands as they have at least one game in hand on each of the sides above them in the table.

The Grecians’ last six:

  1. Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Exeter City
  2. Exeter City 0-1 Cheltenham Town
  3. Scunthorpe United 0-2 Exeter City
  4. Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient
  5. Exeter City 0-0 Walsall
  6. Crawley Town 2-0 Exeter City

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Ashton United
0 - 0
Oldham Athletic

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 32

Latics wins: 10
Exeter wins: 14
Draws: 8

Scored: 44
Conceded: 53

  • Home record vs. Exeter: P15 W6 D6 L3 - Scored 25 Conceded 17
  • Latics haven't beaten Exeter at home since 2009, with it being W0 D3 L1 since then (two goalless draws, a 3-3 draw (after taking a 3-0 lead in 2010) and a 2-3 defeat in Dec 2018).
  • Both sides are two of the highest scoring teams in the division, but three of the last six encounters at Boundary Park have been goalless.

When the clubs met at St. James’ Park earlier on in the season it was Latics who won all three points.

They had to do it the hard way as they fell behind to a 12th minute goal from Randall Williams but the turnaround was complete within 20 minutes of going behind.

George Blackwood and Danny Rowe scored the goals that saw Oldham claim a very impressive 2-1 win down south.

The result was especially impressive as it ended a 13-match unbeaten run that Exeter were on at the time.

Team News

It looks like Zak Dearnley, George Blackwood and Marcus Barnes are out of action for an extended period with injuries.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is still battling a recent knock with both Ben Garrity and Sido Jombati working hard to regain fitness and get back in the matchday squad, whilst goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is out injured for what looks like the remainder of the season.

Dylan Bahamboula is now on international duty with Congo and will return at the start of April.

Watch Out For

Matt Jay is the fourth top scorer in the division and Latics will have to be wary of the forward.

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In 32 League Two appearances, Jay has an impressive record of 15 goals and five assists.

The 25-year-old came through the youth ranks at Exeter City but had to earn his stripes out on loan before playing a big role at this parent club.

Jay had loan spells with Weston-super-Mare, Hayes and Yeading United and Truro City

His first goal for Exeter came in August 2016 against Oxford City in the EFL Trophy but his first league goal didn’t come until the back end of the season.

This is by far the forward’s most fruitful season in the game and he will no doubt be hoping to keep up his fine form.

In The Dugout

Matt Taylor is the man in the visitor’s dugout.

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Taylor was given his first job in management in June 2018 replacing the long serving Paul Tisdale at St James’ Park. In his first season, the Grecians’ missed out on a place in the top seven by just one point.

The 38-year-old made over 150 appearances as a player for Exeter and captained the club on the pitch. As well as playing for Exeter, Taylor also played for: Charlton Athletic, Bradford City, Colchester United, Cheltenham Town, Newport County and Bath City.

Match Officials

The referee in charge is Sam Purkiss.

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He has taken charge of 25 games in this campaign handing out 59 bookings and eight red cards.

The last fixture he officiated involving Latics was in November 2020 as we beat Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-2 away in the FA Cup and he showed a red card to an opposition player that day.

His assistants are Paul Stonier and Steven Rushton with Scott Oldham as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Exeter City are 4/5 favourites to give their playoff chances a boost at Boundary Park whilst Latics are 29/10 to complete an impressive double over the Grecians.

A repeat of Oldham’s 2-1 success from earlier on in the campaign is 11/1.

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How To Follow The Game

Fixture News

Fixture news for Oldham Athletic vs Exeter City on 23 Mar 21

22 March 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 talk you through the action.

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

In the current environment, there is a greater dependence on match streaming than ever before. 

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

Piracy - and illegal streaming of matches - does not only carry the risk of potential criminal action, but also has a greater financial impact on clubs while supporters are unable to attend matches. 

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.

For more information on the campaign and iFollow, click here.

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

Oldham Athletic would like to make it clear that all fixtures are still strictly-behind-closed doors with spectators not being allowed entry.

Extensive guidelines are in place for the safety of officials and players whilst the events are taking place.

It is important you do not travel or attempt to visit Boundary Park on the day, especially with the lockdown restrictions in place.

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Match Reports

Latics 2-1 Exeter City

23 March 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Keith Curle picked up his first win in charge of Latics in a professional performance against Exeter City.

The side contained one change following a well-earnt point at Bradford City at the weekend with Andrea Badan returning to the starting XI replacing Harry Clarke who picked up a knock. To add to this, Serhat Tasdemir was back on the bench alongside second-year scholar Junior Luamba.

The first opportunity of the game fell to the visitors in the fourth minute as captain Jake Taylor delivered a cross into the box from the right and great movement from the highly-rated Matt Jay allowed the striker to flick a header goalwards, but it went just over Laurie Walker’s crossbar.

Exeter continued to test Latics’ resolute backline when Ryan Bowman received possession on the left-hand side of the penalty area before curling an effort on target, however, the goalkeeper managed to keep him out.

The Grecians’ won a free-kick on the left-wing and Jack Sparkes produced an outstanding delivery towards Nigel Atangana inside the box, but the unmarked midfielder headed off target to the relief of the Latics dugout.

Just moments later, the lively Bowman should’ve put his side ahead as a low cross found him yards away from goal, but he sliced his strike and Walker caught the ball.

In the 35th minute, Oldham took the lead through Kyle Jameson as he scored his first goal for the club. Marcel Hilssner played a short corner to Nicky Adams and he delivered into the area with Jameson rising above everyone and headed into the bottom corner.

Curle’s emergency shot-stopper was called into action early into the second-half as Archie Collins smashed a low attempt on goal from inside the box, but Walker managed to push the effort on his crossbar before it was cleared.

Latics doubled their advantage in remarkable style in the 55th minute as the ball was cleared to Alfie McCalmont on the edge of the area and the Leeds United loanee’s volley cannoned off the crossbar before going over the line as Curle looked to close in on his first win in charge of the club.

However, Matt Taylor’s side managed to get back into the game in the 66th minute as a cross from Sparkes unmarked at the back post and he slotted into the back of the net from close range to give his side hope in the match.

Following that, Exeter were nearly level but they were denied by an unbelievable double save from Walker in the Latics goal. The goalkeeper pushed Bowman’s shot from inside the six-yard box onto the top before getting back up to save another strike, the Grecians even hit the other post before the boys in blue managed to clear.

The visitors piled on the pressure late on, but it was Latics who had the best chance and it fell to substitute Luamba. Jameson displayed incredible vision as he played the ball over the top to the onrushing youngster, but his low effort was saved by Jokull Andresson.

This win is the first time since December 2009 when Deane Smalley and Paul Heffernan got on the scoresheet that Latics have beaten Exeter at Boundary Park.

Oldham Athletic XI – Walker (GK), Piergianni ©, Whelan, Keillor-Dunn (Tasdemir 46’), Fage (Diarra 90’), Jameson, McAleny, Badan, Hilssner (Borthwick-Jackson 70’), Adams (Luamba 84’), McCalmont.

Subs – Bilboe (GK), Grant, Ntambwe.

Goals: Jameson 35’, McCalmont 55’

Exeter City XI – Andresson (GK), Caprice (Key 55’), Sparkes, Atangana (Page 59’), McArdle (Willmott 59’), Taylor © (Fisher 90’), Collins, Bowman (Seymour 59’), Jay, Sweeney, Hartridge.

Subs – Lee (GK), Parkes.

Referee – Scott Purkiss

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