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Latics vs. Accrington Stanley

Carabao Cup - Round Two

24 August 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics are looking to bounce back from defeat at the weekend in the league as they continue their Carabao Cup campaign tonight (7pm KO).

Sky Bet League One side Accrington Stanley are the obstacle for Keith Curle’s men reaching the third round of the competition.

Form Guide

Stanley have made an impressive start to their league season, winning three of their first four league games.

Defeat on the opening day to recently relegated Wycombe Wanderers does not seem to be have been a sign of things to come and they have won each game since.

Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers and Crewe Alexandra have been defeated by John Coleman’s men.

This puts them right up there and they currently occupy 5th place in the league.

Cup Run

Latics showed impressive spirit and fight to overturn a two goal deficit against Tranmere Rovers in their first round tie.

Dylan Bahamboula and an own goal saw Oldham wrestle their way back into the game before the lads kept their cool from the penalty spot to book their place in the draw for the next round.


Accrington overcame fellow third division side Rotherham United away from home with Dion Charles and Colby Bishop on the scoreline in a 2-1 victory.


Meetings: 5

Latics wins: 2
Accrington wins: 3
Draws: 0

Latics have been unsuccessful in each of the previous three meetings with Stanley in their current format, with plenty of history between the two sides going way back.

The last time they met was in the Papa John's Trophy in 2019, Accrington ran out 3-0 winners at Boundary Park.

The last time Oldham got the better of their North West rivals was in September 2007. Goals from Andy Liddell, Craig Davies and Matthew Wolfenden saw Latics come from two goals down to claim victory in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Watch Out For

Dion Charles will be looking to maintain his scoring record in this year’s league cup.

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The 25-year-old forward netted the opener in their first round success over Rotherham United and his goals in recent seasons have earned him some high praise.

Charles began his youth career with Blackpool, but he had to delve into the non-league to get his first taste of senior football.

He played games for AFC Fylde, Skelmersdale United, Halifax Town and Southport before winning a deal with Accrington Stanley in 2019.

Following a solid first season with Stanley that saw him score nine in all competitions, he really found his feet last season, netting an impressive 21 goals.

His form has been so good that he has found himself called up to the Northern Ireland national team, an impressive feat for the striker.

In The Dugout

John Coleman is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

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Stanley legend Coleman is currently enjoying his second spell with the club.

In his first spell at the Wham Stadium, Coleman oversaw an incredible three promotions that led Stanley to the Football League in 2006.

In the middle of his two spells, he managed Rochdale, Southport and Sligo Rovers before re-joining in September 2014.

Match Officials

The man in the middle is Sebastian Stockbridge.


His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in May 2021 as we lost 3-0 on the last day of the season against Forest Green Rovers at Boundary Park and he handed out two yellow cards.

He took charge of 31 games last campaign, handing out a total of 100 yellow cards and four red cards.

He will be assisted by Kelvin Mulraine and Steven Rushton, with Lewis Smith the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Unsurprisingly, the League One side have been made favourites to progress into the third round and are currently priced at 11/10 to win the game in 90 minutes.

Latics are 21/10 to enjoy further cup success.

You can get odds of 5/1 for Oldham to make it into the third round of the league cup via a penalty shootout.

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How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is only 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

Latics 0-0 Accrington Stanley (5-4 On Penalties)

24 August 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics secure their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup after another victory in a penalty shoot-out.

It was a cagey affair at Boundary Park with both sides unable to find a goal in 90 minutes before Laurie Walker grabbed the headlines as he produced a fantastic save from Matt Butcher’s penalty.

Keith Curle implemented a host of changes for the Carabao Cup clash with the Head Coach handing starts to youngsters Harry Vaughan and Junior Luamba after they both impressed against Colchester United at the weekend.

Stanley began the encounter marginally brighter than Latics and they had the first opportunity of the match in the ninth minute. Jack Nolan raced down the left flank before his cross found Joe Pritchard inside the box, however, his header was comfortably caught by Latics’ emergency loan ‘keeper Walker.

Following that, David Morgan sweetly struck a half-volley on the edge of the area and the dipping effort looked destined for the top corner, but Walker managed to deny the former Southport skipper.

Hallam Hope had a golden opportunity to open his account for Oldham when he was gifted possession on the edge of the box, the powerful forward smashed an attempt on goal with the goalkeeper backtracking, however, Toby Savin stood strong to keep him at bay.

Just before the interval, Butcher illustrated his fearless attitude as he dribbled towards the Latics goal before curling just past the far post to his frustration.

Ten minutes into the second-half and the hosts should’ve been in front as, in typical fashion, Dylan Bahamboula produced some magic skills to beat Harvey Rodgers before he laid it off to Hope inside the penalty area, however, he blasted his effort over the crossbar.

Dion Charles, who had only been on the field for a matter of minutes, forced Walker into a fine save as the Northern Ireland international fired a fierce strike on target from around 30-yards out.    

Accy continued to go in search for the breakthrough and they nearly found it when Tommy Leigh floated a cross into the head of Joel Mumbongo, however, the Burnley loanee’s powerful attempt went whiskers over the crossbar.

Nicky Adams delivered a pinpoint cross as he found Luamba with space in a promising position, however, the forward couldn’t direct his header on target as the game headed to a penalty shootout, once again.

Sam Hart, Davis Keillor-Dunn, Bahamboula and Callum Whelan all netted from the spot before the shootout went to sudden death. Luamba missed his initial penalty, however, demanded a retake and he slotted his second attempt into the left-hand bottom and then Walker stepped up to become the hero as he saved Butcher’s effort to send his side into the hat.

Oldham Athletic XI – Walker (GK), Fage, Clarke, Piergianni ©, Hart, Bahamboula, Diarra (Adams 69’), Whelan, Vaughan (Dearnley 61’), Luamba, Hope (Keillor-Dunn 61’).

Subs: Danielewicz (GK), Badan, Jameson, Da Silva.

Accrington Stanley XI – Savin (GK), Rodgers (Procter 56’), Sherring, Sykes ©, Butcher, Bishop, Pritchard (Leigh 54’), Mumbongo, Perritt (Charles 54’), Nolan, Morgan.

Subs: Trafford (GK), McConville, Scully, Carson.

Attendance: 2,362 (366 away)

Referee – Sebastian Stockbridge

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Ticket News

Accrington Stanley (H) Carabao Cup Details

18 August 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Match details for Carabao Cup Round Two fixture against Accrington Stanley at Boundary Park have been confirmed.

The game will take place this Tuesday (24th August) with an earlier kick-off time of 7pm as both teams try to progress further in the competition.

Admission prices are as follows for all supporters;

Adults £10
Seniors (65+), U21 & U18 £5

Please note, tickets will be able to purchase for the Main Stand as well as the Jimmy Frizzell Stand (Rochdale Road End) and Joe Royle Stand (North Stand).

Tickets are now available to purchase online for Latics fans by clicking here as well as from the Ticket Office window, opening times are available by clicking here.

Accrington Stanley will be housed in the Chadderton Road End and have been sent tickets directly to sell from their end.

Both sets of supporters are also able to pay-on-the-day as an alternative, at no price increase (cash only) at the turnstile.

For ambulant, wheelchair and disabled supporters tickets can be purchased direct from the Ticket Office on the day of the game. For more information and any assistance in advance, please email

Hospitality Package

Oldham Athletic are offering supporters a hospitality package for the Carabao Cup fixture in the Legends Lounge.

This will cost £30, per person.

The package includes:

  • Access to the Legends Lounge through the main reception in the Main Stand one hour before kick-off.
  • Cash bar (pre and post-match).
  • Access to TVs showing any live early kick-off fixtures.
  • Matchday programme.
  • Complimentary half-time food.
  • Halfway line seating in the Main Stand.
  • Visit from a current player/member of the coaching staff.

If interested, please email to register your place.

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