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Southend United vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 9

27 October 2020

Latics continue their packed Sky Bet League Two fixture schedule with a trip to Roots Hall this evening (7pm KO).

Last time out, Latics fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Port Vale but have picked up four points in their last two league games on the road.

Zak Dearnley has scored three in his last three games and will be hoping to carry on his impressive run of form in this crucial encounter which will help both club's outlook whoever can claim the win.

Form Guide

Southend have had a miserable start to the season and are still without a win in any competition.

The Shrimpers have picked up two points in their opening eight league matches which is three less than Latics have picked up in as many matches.

They have not fared any better in other competitions in the early stages of the season and have been knocked out of both the EFL Trophy and the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle.

The Shrimpers’ last six:

  1. Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Southend United
  2. Salford City 3-0 Southend United
  3. Southend United 0-2 Cheltenham Town
  4. Southend United 2-2 Exeter City
  5. Southend United 0-3 Portsmouth (EFL Trophy)
  6. Crawley Town 1-1 Southend United


Latics have won 12 of the 39 previous meetings between the clubs, the hosts have won 17 of them and 10 have ended level.

Southend have won the last four times the clubs have met with Latics failing to find the net on all four occasions.

The last time Oldham got the better of the Blues was in April 2016 when Curtis Main’s goal in the 66th minute wrapped up the points at Roots Hall.

Watch Out For

Kazaiah Sterling is at Southend on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The 21 year-old has made two appearances for his parent club which includes coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions League.

The forward has had loan spells with other league sides such as Sunderland, where he scored his first goal in senior football.

Sterling has also turned out for England at both Under 17 and Under 18 level.

Familiar Faces

Southend defender/midfielder Timothée Dieng used to play for Latics as well as their current number one, Mark Oxley.


Dieng played 68 times for Oldham over two seasons at Boundary Park.

The 28 year-old began his career with French side Brest and played seven times for the club before moving joining Latics.

He scored once in his time with Latics before moving on to Bradford City where he enjoyed two seasons before moving on again to Southend United.

This is Dieng’s third season with the Shrimpers and he has played 81 times for the club, scoring six goals in that time.


Whilst Oxley joined Latics on loan for the 2013/14 season from Hull. It was his fifth spell away from his parent club at the time and featured 43 times in all competitions during that campaign.

He has also featured heavily for Scottish side Hibernian before joining Southend in 2016 where the 30 year-old has made well over 100 appearances to date.

In The Dugout

Mark Molesley is the man in the dugout for the hosts.


The 39 year-old was appointed manager at Roots Hall in August 2020 and it is his first role as manager in the Football League.

His previous experience of management comes in non-league with Weymouth as well as spells within the youth setup at Bournemouth.


Southend United play at Roots Hall.

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It was opened back in 1955 and has a capacity of 12,392.

Last time Latics travelled to Roots Hall was in December 2017 when they fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Match Officials 

The referee this evening is Christopher Sarginson.

He has officiated seven games this season already and has handed out 19 yellows and a single red card.

His last Latics game was at the end of April 2019 in the one-nil defeat at Exeter. Six yellows were given out in that fixture.


He will be assisted by Gregory Read and Adrian Tranter with David Rock being the fourth official.

Sky Bet Odds

Latics have been made favourites for their trip to Essex at 23/20 whilst the Blues are 21/10 to pick up their first win of the season.

None of the last seven meetings between the clubs have ended in a draw but 12/5 is the price for the game to end level.

Zak Dearnley is 15/8 to score anytime to keep up his impressive run of form.

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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 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.

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Match Reports

Southend United 1-2 Latics

27 October 2020

© Eddie Garvey

Zak Dearnley once again struck a late winner for the second away game running to earn Latics maximum points at Southend United as well as grab a fourth goal in as many game during the process.

On as a second-half substitute, Dearnley clinched the win with a minute of regular time to play, latching onto Callum Whelan’s pass from midfield. He displayed great composure as he reached the area, taking the ball around goalkeeper Mark Oxley before finishing coolly.

The visitors had taken the lead through Bobby Grant but it looked as though they would be made to rue a number of missed chances when Tom Clifford leveled.

But Dearnley, who was unable to start due to an injury picked up in the weekend’s game against Port Vale, clinched the points with his fourth goal in as many matches.

Latics made six changes from Saturday, Dearnley taking a place on the bench due to a knock with Grant and Davis Keillor-Dunn coming into the attack.

The visitors went with a shape featuring three central defenders, whilst Brice Ntambwe, having made his debut in the recent win at Bolton, also returned to the team.

The first half was short of incident with chances difficult to come by at both ends. Southend had plenty of the early play without finding a cutting edge and although Latics saw more of the ball as the half went on they lacked a threat.

Jason Demetriou had the first chance for the hosts, drilling a shot wide after latching onto the second ball after Carl Piergianni’s header clear from a Terrell Egbri cross.

The visitors had a number of half-chances, Callum Whelan looking to release Keillor-Dunn but Harry Lennon was alert to the danger.

Latics’ best chance of the half came on 16 minutes when Dylan Fage, having been released down the right by Grant, cut inside but could only over.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also placed an effort wide after the ball had been switched from the right following good approach work from the visitors.

Latics wasted little time in opening the scoring after the break. Borthwick-Jackson made a strong run down the left, taking the ball to the by-line before putting it on a plate for Grant to turn home from close range.

Buoyed by the goal, Latics continued to press, Grant drifting in from the right, looking to pick out McAleny at the far post but the ball just had too much on it.

With two chances in quick succession, McAleny came within inches of extending Latics’ lead. First, having found space 20 yards from goal, he lifted a shot against the Southend upright before drawing a parrying save from keeper Oxley with an angled effort minutes later.

Yet Latics were pegged back on 75 minutes, Clifford curling a 20-yard free-kick around the visitors’ wall and inside the post.

And the home side almost took the lead when substitute Brandon Goodship crashed a free-kick onto the Latics bar.

But it was Dearnley who turned out to be the visitors’ own super sub, keeping his cool in the dying moments to send Latics back home with the vital win.

Oldham: Lawlor, Clarke, Borthwick-Jackson, Piergianni, Whelan, Keillor-Dunn (Dearnley 68), Grant, Fage (Bahamboula 81), Jameson, Ntambwe, McAleny.

Subs: Bilboe, Barnett, Hamer, McCalmont, Rowe.

Southend: Oxley, Bwomono, Olayinka, Dieng, Egbri, Clifford, Acquah (Sterling 52), Nathaniel-George, Demetriou, Lennon (Goodship 72), Taylor.

Subs: Seaden, Hobson, Phillips, Rush, Taylor.

Referee: Chris Sarginson

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