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SEASON REVIEW: August 2014

26 May 2015

We take a look back at Oldham Athletic's 2014/15 Sky Bet League One campaign in our season review feature.

Hope and anticipation surrounded Latics as they embarked on their 18th consecutive season in Sky Bet League One.

After a summer overhaul of players, including midfield pair Korey Smith and James Wesolowski leaving the club, and being replaced by Mike Jones and Liam Kelly, Latics started their campaign against Colchester United.

With Brian Wilson's first game for the club being against his former employers, Latics entered the game full of confidence.

That confidence was dashed only minutes into the game as U's captain Magnus Okuonghae smashed home from inside the box.

It was another summer signing Jonathan Forte that made an instant impact, smashing two goals to put Latics ahead at the half time break.

Athletic were pegged back in the second half courtesy of a George Moncur strike and the points were eventually shared in a thrilling opening day clash.

Three home games followed as Middlesbrough, Leyton Orient and Port Vale were the visitors to Park.

Championship side Boro boasted a team with Premier League and international experience and they brushed Latics aside running out 3-0 victors. 

Luke Williams, Grant Leadbitter and Kike bagged the goals to knock Latics out of the Capital One Cup at the first round stage.

Saturday's clash with Leyton Orient was Latics' first home fixture of the 2014/15 season and they got off to the perfect start.

Jonathan Forte grabbed his third goal in as many games to put Athletic in the ascendancy but the O's quickly levelled through Darius Henderson.

Two second half goals from David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie sealed the victory for Orient, leaving Latics with only one point from their opening two games.

Latics finished their home triple header against Port Vale who had enjoyed a positive start to the season.

Tom Pope gave Vale an early lead before James Wilson's only goal of the season in the second half sealed a point for Athletic.

Lee Johnson's men were still searching for their first win of the season and they faced a tough trip to Deepdale to face an in-form Preston North End side.

Although Latics dominated the game, Jack King's goal in the opening couple of minutes sealed the win for Simon Grayson's Lilywhites.

Latics were in desperate need of registering a victory after falling into the League One relegation spots as they faced a trip to relegated side Doncaster Rovers.

It was the first time former manager Paul Dickov had come up against Latics since his departure in February 2013.

Jonson Clarke-Harris got the club off to the best possible start, converting from a Mike Jones free kick in the opening five minutes of the game.

Latics were in complete control and doubled their advantage in the second half from the penalty spot.

Danny Philliskirk was felled in the area and Jonathan Forte smashed his fourth goal of the season to get Lee Johnson his first win of the season.

That result would prove to be pivotal as Latics embarked on an impressive unbeaten run which lasted two months.

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