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Port Vale vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 33

9 March 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics are back in League Two action as Keith Curle oversees his first game as Head Coach (7pm KO).

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9 March 2021

The 57-year old was appointed on Monday and has a wealth of experience in the Football League, most recently with Northampton Town who he was able to lead to promotion last season.

Last time out for Oldham was a rare goalless draw at Boundary Park against Southend United.

Form Guide

Port Vale currently find themselves in a poor run of form with just one win in their last 11 games in all competitions.

They have picked up just two points from their last six games.

This run has seen Vale drop down the table dramatically down to 21st place in the table, they are five points worse off than Latics.

The Valiants’ last six:

  1. Cheltenham Town 3-2 Port Vale
  2. Salford City 1-0 Port Vale
  3. Port Vale 0-1 Cambridge United
  4. Port Vale 0-0 Stevenage
  5. Leyton Orient 1-1 Port Vale
  6. Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Port Vale

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 82

Latics wins: 29
Port Vale wins: 33
Draws: 20

Scored: 111
Conceded: 100

When the sides met at Boundary Park earlier in the season, it was Vale who got the better of things, winning 2-1.

Goals from Nathan Smith and Mitchell Clark gave the Valiants a two goal lead at the break but a 49th minute goal from Zak Dearnley halved the deficit.

Unfortunately, Latics couldn’t find a leveller and it remained 2-1.

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Team News

It looks like Zak Dearnley is out of action for an extended period with another injury.

Marcus Barnes, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Sido Jombati are all battling recent knocks and may also miss out.

Harry Clarke has returned to his parent club for a short period to treat his injury which is a recurrence of the one from earlier in the season.

Kyle Jameson serves the second game of his three game suspension after his sending off against Bolton with Ben Garrity working hard to regain fitness and get back in the matchday squad.

Interesting Info

Our away form:
  • We’ve scored more this season so far than in 26 complete previous away campaigns.
  • We have more points so far away from home than in 75 other complete campaigns.
On this day:
  • We’ve never lost at home on March 9 (P9 W7 D2 L0 scored 17 conceded 6), but never won away (P8 W0 D4 L4, scored 7 conceded 12).
  • Last time out on March 9, one of Paul Scholes’s 7 games - a 1-1 draw at Cambridge.
  • We beat Man United 1-0 OTD in 1993.
  • Most recent win 2010 against Leyton Orient (2-0 at home).
Against Port Vale:
  • Overall record: P82 W29 D20 L33 Scored 111 Conceded 100
  • So +11 goal difference but lost four more than we’ve won against Port Vale.
  • Record at Vale Park: P41 W7 D10 L24 Scored 38 Conceded 62
  • First ever match April 1924, won 2-0 at home.
  • But unbeaten there in our last five: W2 D3 Scored 8 Conceded 4.
  • Biggest wins: 5-1 in 1934 and 1936 at home. Have won nine times by three goals (1928, 1931, 1937, 1952 (A), 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008 (A) and 2018 (A)).
  • Biggest loss by three goals, five times.
  • Five goalless draws, three of them in the last five years.

Watch Out For

Devante Rodney is someone Latics will have to keep an eye out for.

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The 22-year-old forward is enjoying a decent first season at Vale Park and has nine goals and three assists to his name so far this season.

Comfortable anywhere across the front three, Rodney played a big part in Vale’s last victory when he scored two of his side’s five in the win over Southend United.

Rodney had been part of youth set ups at Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday but made his senior debut in the North East with Hartlepool United.

After impressing with Pools, he went on to play for Salford City and helped the club to win promotion to the Football League for the first time.

Whilst with the Ammies, he also had loan spells with Halifax Town and Stockport County.

The pacey forward joined Port Vale in July 2020 and he has already established himself as a regular starter. He was nominated for League Two player of the month following his impressive run in December.

Familiar Face

Full back Zak Mills is likely to make an appearance against Latics tonight. The Vale defender joined them in the summer following a spell at Boundary Park.

Mills has played 18 times in the league for his current club but he missed out the last game between the two sides due to injury.

He looks set to play against his former club this time around after he played the full 90 minutes in Vale’s last outing.

The other clubs that Mills has played for in his career so far are: Histon, Boston United, Grimbsy Town and Morecambe.

In The Dugout

Darrell Clarke is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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Appointed on the 15th of February 2021, Clarke is still in pursuit of his first win as Port Vale manager.

He joined Vale from Walsall and left to join Vale with Walsall 11th in the League Two table.

The 42-year-old’s most notable achievement in management to date is guiding Bristol Rovers from the Conference to League One with back to back promotions.

As a player, Clarke represented; Mansfield Town, Hartlepool United, Stockport City, Port Vale, Rochdale and Salisbury City.

Stadium

Vale Park

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Capacity: 19,052
Record attendance: 49768 v Aston Villa 20.02.1960
Opened: 24th August 1950

Match Officials

Tonight's referee is Kevin Johnson.

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Taking charge of 22 games so far this season, he has handed out 61 bookings and four red cards.

This will be his first fixture involving Latics in the 2020/21 campaign, with his last Oldham game being the goalless midweek encounter at Stevenage last January.

He will be assisted by Richard Bartlett and Abbas Khan. Anthony Moore is the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Port Vale are favourites to return to winning ways and they are priced at 5/4 to do just that.

Latics are out at 19/10 whilst 12/5 is for the draw.

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How To Follow The Game

Fixture News

Fixture news for Port Vale vs Oldham Athletic on 09 Mar 21

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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.

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

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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.

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Match Reports

Port Vale 0-0 Latics

9 March 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics ground out a goalless draw in Keith Curle’s first game as Head Coach to take a point away from Vale Park.

In a match short of attacking quality, neither side was able to find a breakthrough, although the new boss was pleased with the resilience shown by his players as they earned a point for the second game running.

Having made three changes in personnel from the draw against Southend United on Saturday, Curle also introduced a new shape featuring three central defenders.

Only 48 hours after his appointment was confirmed, the Head Coach saw his side’s efforts rewarded with a clean sheet, although they had to fend off pressure at times to claim a share of the spoils.

While genuine chances were at a premium throughout, the home side had the better of first-half openings, the dangerous David Worrall providing a number of good crosses during the early exchanges.

The winger played a testing ball across goal which Kurtis Guthrie should have done better with, and Nathan Smith also connected with a cross but directed it straight at Ian Lawlor.

Guthrie then headed wide after another delivery from Worrall, who also flashed a shot across goal after cutting in from the right.

Chances for Latics were in short supply before the break but Conor McAleny had a shot blocked by Leon Legg having been released by Alfie McCalmont before checking inside.

And with half-time looming, Marcel Hilssner placed a 25-yard free-kick over the Port Vale bar.

The hosts again worked Lawlor after the break, as the goalkeeper saved from Guthrie before beating out a drive from Conlon.

Yet there was more attacking intent to Latics’ performance as the game went on, with McAleny denied by goalkeeper Scott Brown before Dylan Bahambola worked his way into space, only for his shot to be charged down by Conlon.

Latics’ best chance of nicking maximum points came in the closing stages when McCalmont advanced into space but his long-range driver was parried by Brown.

Curle’s side had to fend off late pressure but the fact they emerged with only their third clean sheet of the campaign was testament to a resolute showing.

Oldham Athletic: Lawlor, Piergianni, Keillor-Dunn, Ntambwe (Whelan 60), McAleny, Badan, Hilssner (Fage 51), Diarra (Jombati 70), Adams, Bahamboula, McCalmont.

Subs not used: Tasdemir, Sutton, Bilboe, Vaughan.

Port Vale: Brown, Crookes, Joyce, Legge, Smith, Worrall, Conlon, Guthrie (Robinson74), Mills, Rodney (Amoo 46), Swann (Hurst 90).

Subs not used: Oyeleke, Taylor, Scott, Olagunji.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (replaced by Anthony Moore on 34 mins)

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