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MATCH REPORT: Frustrating Evening For Latics As They Draw 0-0 With AFC Wimbledon

21 November 2017

Oldham Athletic were left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon.

Latics created a number of chances and even had the ball in the back of the net in the first half through Craig Davies but the linesman’s flag was up for offside.

Athletic continued to push and push for a goal with Jack Byrne and Eoin Doyle going close in the second half but they were left frustrated by a stubborn AFC Wimbledon side as the points were shared.

Manager Richie Wellens made one enforced change to the side which beat Rochdale 3-1 at the weekend.

Dan Gardner, who picked up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend, was replaced by Paul Green who slotted straight into position.

Latics started the game brightly and were almost ahead within the first 90 seconds of the game.

Jack Byrne’s long ball found Gevaro Nepomuceno on the left, he controlled it into the path of Eoin Doyle but the striker’s effort went off target.

Latics had the more of the ball in the opening 45 minutes of the game and looked very threatening.

They did have the ball in the back of the net on 20 minutes but the goal was disallowed for offside.

A corner was cleared to Nepomuceno 25 yards from goal who struck well. His effort was palmed into the path Davies who put the ball in the back of the net but the celebrations were cut short due to the linesman’s flag.

Latics continued to attack and five minutes later, Saturday’s goalscorer Cameron Dummigan tried his luck. He whipped a left footed shot after cutting in from the touchline but his effort went wide of George Long’s goal.

A minute later, Byrne, who was excellent all half, found Rob Hunt in the box, he laid it back to Davies who picked out Nepomuceno in the box but his shot deflected wide.

You felt a goal was coming and it almost did from the resulting corner as Anthony Gerrard connected sweetly with the ball from Byrne’s corner but Long saved.

The visitors did well to thwart the threats which Latics posed but they were almost undone on the stroke of half time.

Ousmane Fane did well on the left as he raced forward towards the edge of the box, he laid the ball back to Doyle who crossed into the box for Davies but the striker headed inches wide of the far post.

It was a nervy start to the second half for Latics who struggled to get into their rhythm.

It took until 55 minutes for Athletic to create their first chance of the half.

Nepomuceno was proving to be a handful on the left hand side and he crossed to Doyle 12 yards from goal but his strike was saved by the feet of Long.

It proved to be a frustrating period for Latics in the game as Latics struggled to keep hold of the ball and the chances dried up.

Wellens looked to the bench and made a double change and added pace to the game.

He brought on Queensy Menig and Aaron Amadi-Holloway and they were both straight into the action.

Seconds after it looked like Long had handled outside his penalty area, the ball found Doyle who was racing through on goal. He elected to pass across to Holloway but there was just ball enough on the ball and the Wimbledon defender managed to put in a last ditch challenge.

Green managed to get into the box minutes later but elected to pass when a shot was probably the better option.

Latics kept up the intensity and Byrne went a whisker away from opening the scoring on 78 minutes.

The attacker cut in from the left and unleashed a fierce strike from 18 yards but it went inches past the post.

Athletic continued to push for the winning goal as they brought on Courtney Duffus to add an extra attacking body. However, they were met by a goalkeeper who was in good form as he continued to thwart Athletic.

Latics had two chances in the final minutes of the game as Doyle volleyed over from 25 yards whilst Gerrard saw his header saved by Long.

It proved to be a frustrating evening for Latics who had to settle for a point.

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Dummigan, Gerrard, Bryan, Hunt (Duffus 86’), Nepomuceno (Menig 71’), Fane, Green, Byrne, Davies (Amadi-Holloway 71’), Doyle.

Subs not used: Wilson, Clarke, Wilson, Omrani.

AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Oshilaja, Francomb (Robinson 83’), McDonald (Hartigan 66’), Forrester, Trotter, Barcham, Soares (Meades 46’), Charles, Taylor.

Subs not used: McDonnell, Abdou, Sibbick, Kalambayi.

Goals: Oldham Athletic 0-0 AFC Wimbledon

Attendance: 3,169 (147 visiting supporters)


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