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Latics vs. Morecambe

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 5

9 October 2020

Latics take on Morecambe again as they look to make it back-to-back wins at Boundary Park this week.

Kewell’s side secured their place in the next round of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening after an impressive 2-0 win over League One side Doncaster Rovers.

However, Latics are still in search of their first league win of the season but can take confidence from the spirited comeback at Colchester last weekend.

On team news from the Head Coach, Alfie McCalmont is absent due to international duty with Northern Ireland U21, whilst Andrea Badan is injured from last weekend and will not be available for the game.

It is expected defender Kyle Jameson will be available for selection after a spell on the sidelines injured with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also a doubt after his knock at Colchester.

Kewell will have a full compliment of attackers to select from.

Form Guide

Morecambe have been the surprise package so far in League Two and as such currently occupy second place in the division with a goal difference of minus two.

They have won three out of their first four league encounters, the loss being a heavy 5-0 defeat to Cambridge.

In the other competitions they made it into the third round of the Carabao Cup at Oldham's expense to host Newcastle, but have already been knocked out of the EFL Trophy at the group stage phase after failing to register a point.

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The Shrimps’ Last Six

  1. Morecambe 1-0 Port Vale
  2. Salford City 2-0 Morecambe (EFL Trophy)
  3. Southend United 1-2 Morecambe
  4. Morecambe 0-7 Newcastle United (Carabao Cup)
  5. Morecambe 0-5 Cambridge United
  6. Morecambe 1-0 Oldham Athletic (Carabao Cup)

Head-to-Head

Latics have won half of the six encounters between the clubs but it was the Shrimps that came out victorious when they met in the Carabao Cup last month.

An Aaron Wildig goal was enough to earn Morecambe a tie against Premier League opposition.

However, when the sides met in the league last season it was Latics who came out on top after doing the double over their opponents.

At Boundary Park, goals from Mohammed Maouche, Desire Segbe-Azankpo and Jonny Smith secured a 3-1 win.

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Whilst in the reverse fixture, Segbe-Azankpo scored again alongside Mohamad Sylla to ensure three points in the 2-1 Boxing Day clash.

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Watch Out For

Adam Phillips is the joint second highest scorer in the division with three goals in four games.

The loanee from Burnley has netted in all three of the Shrimps’ league victories and has been a big part of his side’s early season success.

This is Phillips’ second loan with the Shrimps. He initially arrived at the Globe Arena on loan from Burnley in January 2020 and he had an impressive impact before the season was finished early.

In his 11 league games with the club, he has chipped in with four goals and three assists and he has brought that form into this season and looks to be a key asset for his side.

A Foot In Both Camps

Lewis Alessandra began his career with Latics and has had two separate spells with Morecambe.

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In his spell at Boundary Park, the 31-year old made 74 appearances and scored on eight occasions for Latics before joining Morecambe upon release.

He spent two seasons with the Shrimps between 2011 and 2013.

In between his spells at the Globe Arena, Alessandra played for Plymouth Argyle, Rochdale, York City, Hartlepool United and Notts County.

His second spell with Morecambe began in July 2019 but he left in January 2020 to his current club, Carlisle United.

In The Dugout

In the visitor’s dugout is Derek Adams.

Adams took over the reins at the Globe Arena in November 2019 after the long-serving Jim Bentley departed the club for AFC Fylde.

He has also managed Ross County and Plymouth Argyle. At just 33 years-old, Adams did the impressive feat of leading Ross County to the Scottish Cup Final beating Celtic and Hibernian on the way.

Adams has led his side to a strong start to this season, but he did suffer his heaviest defeat of his managerial career when they lost 7-0 to Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup.

Match Officials

Referee - Joshua Smith
Assistant Referee 1 - Wade Smith
Assistant Referee 2 - James Wilson
Fourth Official - Nik Barnard

Sky Bet Odds

The bookies have made Latics favourite and the hosts are 6/5 to pick up their first maximum points of the season.

The visitors are 21/10 to complete an early season double whilst the draw is priced at 23/10.

Conor McAleny is the joint second top scorer in the division and he is 15/8 to net at any time in this match.

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How To Follow The Game

Fixture News

07102020 Morecambe iFollow Codes

7 October 2020

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 Mike Leyland talk you through the action.

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

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 new local restrictions in place.

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Match Reports

Latics 2-3 Morecambe

10 October 2020

Latics suffer another defeat against Morecambe as the Shrimps climb to the top of the league.

There were four changes to the side that beat Doncaster Rovers in the EFL Trophy in midweek which saw Zak Dearnkey, Ben Garrity, George Blackwood and Conor McAleny return.

The visitors started the clash on the front foot and nearly opened the scoring early on after a neat piece of play resulted in Carlos Mendes Gomes playing the ball inside to John O’Sullivan and the midfielder, on the edge of the box, opened up his body and let loose but Carl Piergianni deflected it just wide of the post.

From the resulting corner, central defender Harry Davis rose highest and flicked his header goalwards. His effort looked bound for the bottom corner, but Ian Lawlor did fantastically to get down and keep the score level. However, moments later the shot-stopper looked to pull a muscle but was alright to carry on.

After 25 minutes, Oldham registered their first chance of note when the physically George Blackwood flicked a long ball in the direction of Conor McAleny and he had the vision to slot the onrushing Jordan Barnett through on the left, but the youngster smashed his effort into the side netting.

Just before the interval, the Shrimps got themselves head curtesy of Aaron Wildig, who scored against Latics last month in the Carabao Cup. Right-back Ryan Cooney swung in a great delivery from the wing and it was met by Wildig’s glancing header which found its way under Lawlor and into the back of the net.

At half-time, Youth Team scholar Mackenzie Chapman was handed his professional debut as he replaced the injured Lawlor.

Harry Kewell’s side were fast out of the blocks and found an equaliser in the 51st minute as Dylan Fage’s cross found McAleny at the back post and he cut inside from the left of the box and curled his effort into the far corner.

However, it didn’t stay level for long as Morecambe regained the lead as Alex Kenyon, only yards out, headed into the top corner from close range.

It got worse for Latics when Derek Adams’ side added a third in the 64th minute. O’Sullivan was picked out on the right-wing and he raced down the flank to deliver a perfectly weighted cross onto the head of Cole Stockton and he turned home from inside the six-yard box.

The hosts looked to get back into the game with a few half chances and managed to pull a goal back on the 90th minute. Substitute Dylan Bahamboula produced a bit of skill before finding McAleny with a cross and he flicked his effort past the goalkeeper, but it was too little too late for Latics.

Oldham Athletic XI – Lawlor (GK) (Chapman (GK) 46’), Jombati (Rowe 69’), Piergianni ©, Garrity, Blackwood, Whelan, Fage, Barnett, McAleny, Dearnley (Bahamboula 51’), Hamer.

Subs –Keillor-Dunn, Grant, Jameson, Sutton.

Goals: McAleny 52’, 90’

Morecambe XI – Turner, Lavelle ©, Davis, Stockton (McAlinden 92’), Wildig, Mendes Gomes (Knight-Percival 94’), Kenyon, O’Sullivan, Phillips (Songo’o 84’), Cooney, Gibson.

Subs – Da Silva Mendes, Mellor, Knight-Percival, Slew, Pringle, McAlinden, Songo’o.

Goals: Wildig 42’, Kenyon 69’, Stockton 66’

Referee – Joshua Smith

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