Latics host Salford City tomorrow for a crucial clash in Sky Bet League Two (3pm KO) as the season nears completion.
Last time out, John Sheridan was left bitterly frustrated as he witnessed his side taste defeat in Nailsworth against Forest Green Rovers.
Goals from Regan Hendry and Jamille Matt secured the three points whilst Christopher Missilou missed a penalty late on for the visitors.
After returning from injury, Ian Henderson became the hero for the Ammies after he fired in a last-minute equaliser against Barrow AFC on Monday. It could prove to be a vital point as they continue their hunt for a playoff spot at the end of the season.
Gary Bowyer's outfit remains in fine form with only two defeats in their past 15 league matches, Salford's last victory arrived on home turf against Harrogate Town, and former Latics loanee, Matt Smith, received the plaudits for a match-winning brace in Greater Manchester.
Recently, the Ammies proved their character in order to be victorious on the road as they overcame Hartlepool United at the Suit Direct Stadium which included a stunning long-range strike from another former Oldham man in Jason Lowe.
The Ammies’ Last Six:
- Salford City 2-2 Barrow AFC
- Bristol Rovers 1-0 Salford City
- Salford City 2-0 Harrogate Town
- Salford City 0-1 Port Vale
- Hartlepool United 0-2 Salford City
- Salford City 2-1 Crawley Town
Salford City wins: Three
Latics wins: Two
Scored - Five
Conceded - Ten
Latics have already beaten the Ammies in the Papa John's Trophy this season courtesy of Carl Piergianni's fierce header in front of the Chaddy End to confirm a 1-0 scoreline. Benny Couto made his debut in the blue of Oldham on that occasion.
In terms of the last league meeting, Salford picked up three points at the Peninsula Stadium with the Latics supporters buoyed on by a sold-out away end. Matty Lund and Brandon Thomas-Asante were on the scoresheet as they secured a straightforward 2-0 win.
The 'boys in blue' were also victorious at Boundary Park in January 2021.
A dominant first-half display by Richie Wellens' outfit rounded off by Ian Henderson's strike separated the sides at the break, however, Dylan Bahamboula managed to equalise after the interval before Davis Keillor-Dunn thundered a long-range effort into the corner in the 92nd minute.
Familiar Face & Key Man
Oldham fans will have fond memories of Matt Smith, and he's been a revelation for the Ammies, so far.
After thoroughly impressing in the non-league circuit, Paul Dickov secured the Target Man's services for Latics from Solihull Moors in May 2011.
Truthfully, it took a while for Smith to settle at the club, however, he absolutely thrived in his second season which was exemplified by his iconic and remarkable Emirates FA Cup performances and goals against Liverpool and Everton.
A move to Leeds United followed, and the frontman established himself in the side at Elland Road before he enjoyed stints at Fulham, Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers and Millwall.
To add to this, Salford also possesses several other former Oldham players which are Conor McAleny, Matty Lund, Jason Lowe and Theo Vassell.
In The Dugout
Gary Bowyer is currently in charge of the Ammies.
The Manchester-born gaffer has been in post since March 2021 after the unexpected departure of Richie Wellens.
Following a brief playing career, Bowyer began his career in the dugout at Blackburn Rovers with two spells as a caretaker before being given the job permanently.
Bowyer produced an incredible promotion to Sky Bet League One against all odds during his tenure at Blackpool which lasted just over two years.
Although, he had an unsuccessful time at Bradford City prior to his time at Salford, but relished his opportunity to develop young talent at Derby County as he operated in a coaching role for their U23s.
The official in the middle for the game is Robert Madley.
Madley last officiated a Latics game in October 2021 for our 3-0 win against Stevenage at Boundary Park. On that day, he handed out two yellow cards and zero red cards.
He's taken charge of 35 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 119 yellow cards and six red cards.
Madley will be assisted by Christopher Ward and Steve Rushton, with Richard Bartlett as the Fourth Official.
Sky Bet Odds
The Ammies are the bookmakers’ favourites for the match, priced at 1/1.
Latics are 15/2 to win whilst a draw is 12/5.
How To Follow The Game
Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match action.
Unfortunately, an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters.
Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.