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Latics vs. Swindon Town

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 15

29 October 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics welcome Swindon Town to Boundary Park for their latest Sky Bet League Two clash on Saturday (3pm KO).

Oldham picked up a point last time out as Keith Curle took his side to his former employers Carlisle United.

The game finished goalless, a result that sees Latics in 21st place.

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Form Guide

Swindon have enjoyed a decent season, so far, as they look to bounce back from Sky Bet League One relegation.

However, last time out they did fall to a 3-1 defeat at home to Bradford City, their first loss following seven games without one in all competitions previously. Swindon have also won their last four away matches in all competitions, going 10 unbeaten on the road in all competitions, stretching back to losing 5-0 at MK Dons last season.

Prior to the Bantams defeat, Town had won three of their last four league ties and as a result they are sitting in a healthy seventh place in the division.

Whilst they currently occupy a place in the play-offs, they will no doubt be eyeing up the automatic spots as they are just one point from Northampton Town in third.

They have also made a good start to their EFL Trophy campaign, winning both of their matches, so far.

First, they overcame Arsenal’s under 21 side and more recently they won 3-1 down at League One opposition Plymouth Argyle.

The Robins’ Last Six:

  1. Swindon Town 1-3 Bradford City
  2. Sutton United 1-2 Swindon Town
  3. Swindon Town 2-2 Rochdale
  4. Plymouth Argyle 1-3 Swindon Town (EFL Trophy)
  5. Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Swindon Town
  6. Bristol Rovers 1-3 Swindon Town

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 58

Latics wins: 22
Swindon wins: 20
Draws: 16

Scored - 79
Conceded - 84

The last time that the two sides faced off against one another was December 2019, with Swindon winning 2-0 at the County ground.

The Robins secured all three points, a goal in time added on at the end of the first half for Kaiyne Woolery got the scoring going before former Latic Eoin Doyle wrapped up the points in the 85th minute.

The last time that the fixture was played at Boundary Park was back in April 2019. George Edmundson gave the hosts the lead but goals from Michael Doughty on the brink of half time and then Kyle Bennett on the hour mark put Town in the lead.

A 70th minute strike from Johan Branger ensured that Oldham didn’t leave the game empty handed.

Watch Out For

Midfielder Jack Payne top scores for the Robins this season with five goals to his name, including one last time out.

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The 27-year-old began his career with Southend United. He enjoyed a good time with the club culminating in his superb final season.

He netted nine times in 32 games in said season, winning the Southend United player of the year award in the process.

This caught the attention of Championship side Huddersfield Town, who signed Payne on a three-year deal.

He made his debut for the Terriers against Brentford on the 6th of August 2016 and he grabbed his first goal for the club just a week later, scoring the winning goal against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Payne was part of the side that won their historic promotion to the Premier League, but the midfielder wasn’t given an opportunity at the top level and was instead shipped out on loan three times before moving permanently to Lincoln City in 2019.

He joined current club Swindon Town in August 2020.

In The Dugout

In the dugout for the visitors is Ben Garner.

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The 41-year-old Head Coach was appointed boss at the County ground in July of this year.

This is his second job in management with his other spell coming with Bristol Rovers.

His other footballing experience includes backroom staff roles at Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and ATK (Indian Super League club).

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Anthony Backhouse.

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Backhouse last officiated an Latics game in December 2020 as we picked up a 3-1 win against Bradford City at Boundary Park. On that day, he handed out five yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 11 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 47 yellow cards and zero red cards.

Backhouse will be assisted by Richard Woodward and Paul Stonier, with Wayne Grunnill as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Swindon are 23/20 favourites to strengthen their promotion chances with a win at Boundary Park.

Meanwhile Latics are 23/10 to bag a crucial three points whilst 9/4 is the price on the points being shared.

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How To Follow The Game

Club News

30102021 Swindon Town Programme

28 October 2021

Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match with special guest Sam Hart.

Unfortunately an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters.

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 1-3 Swindon Town

30 October 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Swindon Town returned to winning ways as they secured the three points on Latics’ home soil.

Harry McKirdy, lively throughout the match, give his side the lead in the first-half as he side-footed past Jayson Leutwiler from close range.

Tyreece Simpson extended Swindon’s lead in the second interval as he cooly slotted under the Latics shot-stopper before Carl Piergianni gave his side a lifeline with a goal in the 90th minute.

However, the Wiltshire-based outfit secured the win in added time as Simpson notched his second of the encounter meaning they keep their impressive away run in full flow.

Prior to kick-off, we paid our tribute to the fallen soldiers of the First World War with this fixture being our closest home match to Remembrance Day. Least We Forgot. 

Keith Curle named one change for the clash between two former Premier League sides with QPR loanee Faysal Bettache returning to the side as Latics went in search of  a much-needed win following a goalless draw at Carlisle United.

To add to this, Luke Southerington and Isaac Modi earned places on the bench for the first time after outstanding performances in the FA Youth Cup victory during the week.

The Robins enjoyed a large spell of possession into the early exchanges with Louis Reed dictating the tempo and they managed to carve open a few chances as a result. In the 20th minute, Ben Gladwin’s curling cross found the onrushing McKirdy at the back post, however, the attacker directed his attempt just past the far post.

Following that, Jordan Clarke produced a heroic block in order to keep the scores level. After a scramble inside the six-yard box, Simpson managed to manufacture space for a shot that was destined for the back of the net, however, the versatile defender bravely blocked the effort.

Oldham should’ve broken the deadlock when Jamie Bowden’s pinpoint free-kick found an unmarked Harrison McGahey inside the penalty area, but he guided his effort wide of goal to his frustration.

Ben Garner witnessed his side take the lead in the 32nd minute of the game. Ellis Iandolo flew down the left-hand side before drilling a cross into the box which resulted in McKirdy steering the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the six-yard box.

The hosts nearly responded instantly as Hallam Hope looked to hit back at his former employer in front of their travelling support. At the back post, the Barbadian battled with his marker to win the header, but Jojo Wollcott showcased impressive reflexes to deny him.

Early into the second-half, Swindon aimed to double their advantage when McKirdy picked out the run of Kaine Hayden at the back post, but Leutwiler managed to deny the wing-back.

After that, Gladwin had the vision and ability to execute the pass which slotted Simpson one-on-one with Leutwiler, however, the shot-stopper incredibly denied the number nine with his feet.

The visitors had the ball in the back of the net, again, as Simpson tapped into an empty net, but the referee had already blown his whistle for a goal-kick.  

Although, Simpson did manage to get himself on the scoresheet in the 79th minute. Reed illustrated his class as his accurate long-range pass found the Ipswich Town loanee and he kept his composure as he raced one-on-one with Leutwiler to slot under the ‘keeper.

Curle introduced Modi, another exciting prospect from our youth team, from the bench with just less than 20 minutes remaining and the winger showed glimpses of his promise with his quick footwork.

Latics’ skipper powered a header past the goalkeeper at the back stick in the last minute which sparked a bit of belief into the supporters at Boundary Park.

Swindon wiped away any hope in an equaliser as Simpson netted his second of the game. The frontman dribbled the left-wing before driving towards the goal and his low effort found the far bottom to secure the win.

Oldham Athletic XI – Leutwiler (GK), Clarke, McGahey, Piergianni ©, Whelan (Vaughan 74’), Hope, Keillor-Dunn, Bowden (Modi 81’), Bahamboula, Bettache, Couto.

Unused Subs: Southerington (GK), Fage, Da Silva, Diarra, Edwards.

Goals: Piergianni 90’ 

Swindon Town XI – Wollacott (GK), Iandolo, Conroy ©, Crichlow (Odimayo 46’), Baudry, Gladwin, Simpson, McKirdy (East 83’), Williams (Payne 65’), Hayden, Reed.

Unused Subs: Ward (GK), Mitchell-Lawson, Gilbert, Hunt.

Goals: McKirdy 32’, Simpson 78’, 94’

Attendance: 4,085 (635 away)

Referee – Anthony Backhouse

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