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Latics vs. Port Vale

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 8

23 October 2020

Latics welcome Port Vale to Boundary Park as they look to build further on the four points picked up over the last two games.

Last time out, a late Zak Dearnley goal earnt Oldham a share of the points against Carlisle United on Tuesday night.

On team news, Latics will be boosted by the return of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson who will be available for selection again, whilst it may be too soon for George Blackwood to be back involved in the squad due to a slight muscle strain. Andrea Badan is still a long-term absentee after his collision at Colchester.

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Form Guide

The Valiants have had a mixed start to the season and sit in 13th place in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Club News

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Vale have won three of their opening seven league games, losing three, drawing once and they go into this game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to current in-form and table-toppers Cambridge United.

Elsewhere, they have picked up five points in their opening two EFL Trophy fixures that puts them in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

The Valiants’ Last Six:

  1. Cambridge United 3-1 Port Vale
  2. Port Vale 1-0 Salford City
  3. Port Vale 0-1 Carlisle United
  4. Wigan Athletic 1-3 Port Vale (EFL Trophy)
  5. Morecambe 1-0 Port Vale
  6. Port Vale 0-0 Harrogate Town

Head-to-Head

Latics have won 29 of the 81 meetings between the two clubs with Vale winning 32 and 20 ending level.

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Due to the early curtailment of the League Two season, the clubs met just once last season in a goalless draw at Vale Park.

The last time Latics got the better of Port Vale was December 2018 when goals from Callum Lang, Mohamed Maouche, Gevaro Nepomuceno and Chris O’Grady helped Oldham to a 4-1 win back at Vale Park.

You have to go back to 2013 for the last time Latics beat Vale at Boundary Park, a brace from Adam Rooney and a goal from James Dayton saw the hosts run out 3-1 victors on the day.

Watch Out For

Theo Robinson has scored four goals in all competitions for Vale so far this season.

The majority of his strikes this season have come in the EFL Trophy, but the forward did bag his first league goal for the Valiants last time out, converting from the spot against Cambridge.

The 31-year old began his career with Watford and made his debut for the Hornets in a Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Vicarage Road in May 2007.

Whilst at Watford, Robinson was often sent out on loan to gain first team experience and he had successful times with both Hereford and Southend United before he departed Vicarage Road on a more permanent basis to join Huddersfield Town in 2009.

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Despite scoring 16 goals in his first season with the Terriers, Robinson fell down the pecking order and was loaned to Millwall in September 2010 which would go on to be made permanent.

After his time at The Den, Robinson went on to play for Derby County, Huddersfield Town again, Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe United and Motherwell before his first spell as a Port Vale player.

His short spell with Vale was followed by moves to Lincoln City, Southend United, Swindon Town and Colchester United before his return to Vale Park in August 2020.

Robinson showed that he still has what it takes to be a success at this level last season with the forward averaging a goal in every 157 minutes of League Two action, a record only bettered by the league’s top scorer Eoin Doyle.

The forward also has international pedigree as he has represented Jamaica on seven occasions.

Familiar Face

Fans will recognise Vale defender Zak Mills.

Mills made 29 appearances for Latics last season before being released from Boundary Park at the end of the campaign.

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The full back signed a one-year deal at Vale Park in July 2020, and it didn’t take Mills long to get going, netting in his debut in a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United in the EFL Cup.

Mills could miss out on a place in the matchday squad for the game at his former home as he picked up a hamstring injury in the Valiants’ goalless draw against Harrogate Town.

In The Dugout

John Askey is the man still in charge for the visitors.

Askey has been in charge at Vale since February 2019 and he led the club to just outside of the play-off places last season following a good run of form.

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His first taste of management came with Macclesfield Town, where he had two separate spells. He managed to guide Macclesfield back to the Football League in the 2017/18 season despite off-field issues.

His other job did not go as successfully as he lasted just 21 games as manager of Shrewsbury Town.

As a player, Askey became a Macclesfield Town legend after making 679 appearances for the club which made him the record holder for appearances and his 155 goals scored for the club in this time makes him the fourth highest scorer in Macc’s history.

Match Officials

Referee: Martin Coy

His last game involving Latics was back in December 2019 when he officiated the 2-1 win over Crawley Town at Boundary Park. A fixture where he didn't give out a single yellow or red card.

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His assistants will be Paul Newhouse and Gary Hilton, with Anthony Backhouse being the fourth official.

Sky Bet Odds

Latics are 21/10 to pick up maximum points at Boundary Park whilst Vale are 6/5 favourites for the League Two clash.

23/10 is the price listed for the game to end in a draw.

Please gamble responsibly, for more information visit www.begambleaware.org

How To Follow The Game

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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 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 1-2 Port Vale

24 October 2020

First-half goals from Nathan Smith and Mitch Clark condemned Latics to a defeat at Boundary Park.

Zak Dearnley made it three goals in as many games, but Latics couldn’t find another goal to earn a share of the points.

The visitors got out of the blocks faster at Boundary Park, however it was Latics who had the first chance of note with Dearnley showing great vision finding Conor McAleny who showed good feet to get past his man, but was unable to get his shot off.

The Valiants had the better of the early exchanges with Tom Conlon and Theo Robinson both having efforts on goal before the deadlock was broken in the 12th minute with Nathan Smith rising highest to head home unchallenged.

The inform Dearnley looked to immediately restore parity but his low effort was comfortably saved by Scott Brown in the Port Vale goal.

Smith should have doubled his tally for the afternoon when again he found himself with plenty of room in the Oldham box, but this time his headed effort sailed just wide of the mark.

On the half-hour mark, Latics had a half-chance to level the scores as there was somewhat of a scramble in the Port Vale box but Dearnley’s effort was eventually blocked.

In the 39th minute, John Askey's side scored to give them a two-goal cushion that their dominant display deserved. Mitch Clark cut inside from the right before curling a left-footed effort into the far corner giving Ian Lawlor no chance.

It could have got worse for the hosts just before the interval and it would have been 3-0 if it hadn’t been for a brilliant block by Harry Clarke.

Latics found a way back into the game less than five minutes after the break. Dylan Bahamboula headed the ball goalwards and Dearnley ensured the ball found its way into the back of the net to make it three goals in three games for the forward.

Vale nearly regained their two-goal cushion just after the hour mark, Christian Montano’s low cross found its way to David Amoo but Lawlor was on hand to make the save from point-blank range.

Carl Piergianni missed a golden opportunity to level the scoring, but he headed wide from a Danny Rowe corner.

Latics continued to push for a goal to bring them level and again it was a Danny Rowe corner that caused Vale problems with Clarke’s looping header having to be cleared off the line from a visiting defender.

An equalising goal evaded the hosts despite late pressure including an effort from distance from Bahamboula that stung the hands of the Vale stopper.

Oldham Athletic XI – Lawlor (GK), Clarke, Piergianni ©, Whelan (Keillor-Dunn 77’), Rowe, Barnett (Borthwick-Jackson 46’), McAleny, Dearnley, Bahamboula, McCalmont, Hamer (Fage 46’)

Substitutes – Bilboe (GK), Grant, Jameson, Ntambwe.

Goals: Dearnley 50’

Port Vale XI – Brown (GK), Joyce, Legge ©, Smith, Worrall, Conlon, Montano (Rodney 88’) Robinson (Pope 81’) Clark, Amoo (Fitzpatrick, 72), Burgess.

Substitutes – Visser (GK), Cullen, Brisley, Whitehead.

Goals: Smith 12’, Clark 39’

Referee – Martin Coy

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