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MATCH REPORT: Latics Left Frustrated Following Goalless Draw Against Gillingham

25 November 2017

Oldham Athletic will wonder how they did not win against Gillingham as they created a number of chances but unfortunately it ended goalless.

Substitute Queensy Menig had the best opportunity of the game as he took on two players and rounded the goalkeeper but a Gillingham defender got back on the line to clear.

Latics, who claimed their second clean sheet in as many games, continued to press for a goal but were again left frustrated as they had to settle for a point.

Manager Richie Wellens made one change to the side which drew 0-0 with AFC Wimbledon as Dan Gardner returned to the side following suspension.

Latics did have the first chance of the game on eight minutes as Jack Byrne and Eoin Doyle combined. Doyle fed Craig Davies through on goal but goalkeeper Tomas Holy managed to deny the striker with his feet.

Athletic had goalkeeper Johny Placide to thank for keeping the scores level two minutes later as he saved well from Lee Martin.

Following a defensive mistake, Martin capitalised, fired at goal but Placide made the save.

That would be Martin’s final contribution to the game as he had to be replaced on 11 minutes.

Kean Bryan inadvertently fired the ball against the winger and he received lengthy treatment on the field before being stretchered off.

The game finally resumed on 20 minutes as it was Latics who went a whisker away from opening the scoring midway through the half.

Gevaro Nepomuceno headed into the path of Byrne who fired at goal from 25 yards but it went wide.

Byrne again went close on the half hour mark as he met a Rob Hunt cross into the box but his deft touch just went wide of the post.

Athletic continued to attack and on 35 minutes, Doyle’s fierce strike from 25 yards moved in the air but Holy managed to tip the ball wide.

Placide had to make a save from Conor Wilkinson just before the 45 minutes was up as nine minutes of additional time was announced.

Both sides felt they should have been awarded a penalty in additional time but the referee waved away both protests.

Gills full back Luke O’Neill curled a cross into the box from the left which almost deceived Placide but it went wide.

Latics started the second half brightly and created a number of chances.

Byrne deceived two men on the edge of the box but saw his shot blocked whilst minutes later, Doyle and Davies combined, Doyle crossed but Connor Ogilvie’s flick towards his own goal trickled inches wide.

Latics continued to drive forward and Doyle was thwarted by the goalkeeper on 52 minutes. Gardner picked out the run of the striker and he attempted to chip the goalkeeper but Holy saved well.

Holy was forced into action again on the hour mark as he held a Davies free kick from the edge of the box.

The Gills had their best spell of possession soon after as Jake Hessenthaler and Josh Parker had long range efforts which did not trouble Placide.

Latics did look threatening on the counter attack and they were left wondering how they didn’t take the lead on 66 minutes.

Substitute Menig was played through by Byrne, he took on two men before rounding the goalkeeper but a Gillingham defender managed to get back on the line to clear.

Menig curled over the top minutes later before Gerrard headed over on 75 minutes as Latics continued to threaten.

The Gills put pressure on Latics towards the end of the second half as Eaves proved to be a handful in attack.

He forced a low save from Placide as he managed to power through the defence whilst Wilkinson headed wide on 83 minutes.

Latics broke from a corner five minutes later with Kean Bryan racing the length of the pitch but Doyle could not convert his cross.

Placide tipped a late free kick from Luke O’Neill on to the crossbar and a late chance for Doyle was blocked by a stubborn Gillingham defence.

All in all, it was another frustrating afternoon for Latics who will be scratching their heads as to how they didn’t score.

Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Zakuani, Hessenthaler, Eaves, Wilkinson, Martin (Wagstaff 19’), Ogilvie, Parker (List 81’), Clare, Byrne.

Subs not used: Arnold, Ehmer, Nugent, Chapman, Cundle.

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Dummigan, Gerrard, Bryan, Hunt, Nepomuceno (Menig 64’), Fane, Gardner (Green 68’), Byrne, Davies (Holloway 59’), Doyle.

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

Goals: Gillingham 0-0 Oldham Athletic

Attendance: 4,364 (229 visiting supporters)


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