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Bristol Rovers vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday Three

16 August 2021

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Latics are still on the hunt for their first points of the Sky Bet League Two campaign and have another chance to put that right on Tuesday night (7:45pm KO).

Oldham head to Bristol Rovers in their third league outing of the campaign following late heartbreak at Valley Parade.

Keith Curle’s men looked to have secured a point late on courtesy of a Dylan Bahamboula strike but it wasn’t to be, with a 98th minute penalty winning it for the Bantams.

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Fixture News

16082021 Bristol Rovers Away Match Pass

17 August 2021

Form Guide

Rovers don’t come into the game in great form having lost all three of their competitive games so far this season.

Like Latics, they also found themselves on the wrong side of late drama in their last game. The game against Stevenage looked set to be heading for a goalless draw but strikes in the 88th and 96th minute saw Stevenage leave Bristol with all three points.

The Pirates have picked up from where they left off last season where their poor form saw them drop back into the fourth tier.

The club lost each of their last five League One outings and they will be desperate to put an end to their losing run when Latics come to town.

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 60

Latics wins: 20
Bristol Rovers wins: 25
Draws: 15

Scored - 79
Conceded - 83

It’s been a little while since the clubs last met.

It was during the League One campaign of 2017/18 where they last faced off against each other and it was Oldham who got the better of things; winning one and drawing the other.

At Boundary Park, a Craig Davies equaliser earned Latics a point whilst goals from Jack Byrne, Davies and Eoin Doyle saw them claim a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture.

Watch Out For

Brett Pitman will be hoping to be the man to fire in the goals for Rovers later in the season after suffering an injury early on.

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Starting his career at AFC Bournemouth, Pitman impressed before moving to Bristol Rovers for a deal rumoured to be worth around £1M.

He would then reunite with Eddie Howe and the Cherries in 2012, In a loan deal that became a permanent one.

He was part of the side that saw Bournemouth promoted to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Stints at Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Swindon Town followed before he made his move to the Memorial Stadium this summer.

In The Dugout

Joey Barton is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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The 38-year-old has been in charge of Bristol Rovers since February 2021 and unfortunately, he was unable to stop Rovers’ relegation to the fourth tier.

It is his second job in management since his retirement from playing. Previously he enjoyed a good spell with Fleetwood Town.

Barton also enjoyed a good playing career, most notably turning out for Manchester City and Newcastle United along with QPR, Marseille, Burnley and Rangers.

His talent also earned him an England cap which came when he replaced Frank Lampard during the second half of a 1-0 defeat to Spain at Old Trafford in February 2007.

Match Officials

The man in the middle is Sam Purkiss.

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His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in March 2021 as we won 2-1 at Boundary Park against Exeter City and he handed out three yellow cards.

He took charge of 33 games last campaign, handing out a total of 82 yellow cards and eight red cards.

He will be assisted by Abbas Khan and Alex James, with Robert Massey-Ellis as the Fourth Official.

Ticket News

09082021 Bristol Rovers Away Ticket News

16 August 2021

Sky Bet Odds

Rovers are 10/11 favourites to claim their first win of the season.

Latics are priced at 11/4 to get up and running in the league whilst 5/2 is available for the draw.

Please gamble responsibly by clicking here. For more information visit: www.begambleaware.org

How To Follow The Game

Live match action on the £10 'match pass' is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking 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

Bristol Rovers 1-0 Latics

17 August 2021

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Harvey Saunders scored the only goal as Latics suffered defeat at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

It was a hugely disappointing 90 minutes for the visitors as they struggled for large parts and were unable to make a meaningful impression on the game.

While a change in shape and personnel at half-time brought some improvement in the second period, this was poor all-round performance from Latics and leaves them still looking for their first points of the campaign.

Although Head Coach Keith Curle remained absent a week after receiving a positive Covid-19 test, Latics were able to hand a first competitive start to Hallam Hope following his time on the sidelines due to the virus.

With Danny Roberts injured, Laurie Walker played in goal after re-joining the club on an emergency loan from MK Dons, while Dylan Fage returned at wing-back.

The only goal arrived nine minutes before half-time, Saunders finding space inside the box to head in a left-wing cross from Harry Anderson and it was a goal that Rovers deserved.

The pressure from Joey Barton’s side had been mounting as the first period went on and Latics would probably consider themselves fortunate not to have been further behind at the interval.

The visitors had actually made a reasonable start, breaking quickly in the 16th minute as Callum Whelan played the ball out to Fage, whose ball into the box was held by goalkeeper James Belshaw.

But Latics were unable to mount any serious pressure and as the half progressed it became one-way traffic in favour of the home side.

Saunders headed wide from inside the area, before Harry Anderson lifted a shot over and Carl Piergianni was called upon to make a timely block to deny the Rovers wide man.

Dylan Bahamboula sent a dipping free-kick over the crossbar midway through the half but that was only a brief moment of encouragement for the visitors as Luke Thomas flashed a shot across the face of goal.

The home side took the lead through Saunders, before Walker, returning to Latics after two months on loan last season, made two good saves to deny Collins as half-time approached.

A double substitution at the break and a change in formation helped bring about some improvement for Latics but genuine chances were still in short supply.

A free-kick from Whelan reached Ouss Cisse at the far post but his shot was deflected wide, while a header from Jacob Blyth went over the bar.

The best chance for Latics came when Hallam Hope switched play after picking out the run of Nicky Adams, but he blazed his shot over when a composed finish was needed.

Bahamboula also brought a save from Belshaw in the closing stages but there way to be no way back for Latics on a poor evening all round.

 

Oldham Athletic: Walker, Clarke, Hart, Cisse, Piergianni, Whelan, Hope, Keillor-Dunn (Adams 65), Fage (Diarra 46), Stobbs (Blyth 46), Bahamboula.

Subs not used: Danielewicz, Luamba, Vaughan, Sheehan.

Bristol Rovers: Belshaw, Hughes, Grant, Finley, Thomas (Nicholson 60), Collins, Anderton, Anderson (Harries 76), Saunders (Pitman 76), Baldwin, Rodman.

Subs not used: Ward, Kilgour, Hargreaves, Liddle.

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 6,005 (286 away)

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers (A) Tickets & Travel

16 August 2021

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Ticket and travel information for the away fixture at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers (Tuesday 17 August - 7:45pm KO).

Tickets went straight to general sale on this occasion online and at the Ticket Office from 10am on Tuesday 10 August.

Match tickets and coach travel can be purchased online by clicking here.

Latics have received an allocation of 150 seating and 150 terraced tickets. Pay-on-the-day will be available at Bristol Rovers with no price increase.

The prices are as follows:

Away South Stand (Seating) - through turnstiles 24-26   Uncovered Away Terrace (Standing)  
Adults £24 Adults £20
65+ & 16-21 £20 65+ & 16-21 £16
U16 £11 U16 £11
U11 £6 U11 £6

Direct club travel is still available on a larger coach with a departure time of 2pm from Boundary Park. This can be booked online on the above link. Prices are:

  • £25 Adults
  • £12 U18

For fans who have booked online, tickets will not be posted directly due to tight timescales but can be collected from the Ticket Office and at the opponents ground on the day of the game. 

Match tickets and coach travel will go off sale online at 3pm on Monday 16 August. For ambulant, wheelchair and disabled supporters tickets will have to purchase from the Ticket Office if possible.

For more information and any assistance, please email supporter.services@oldhamathletic.co.uk 

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