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MATCH REPORT: Points Shared At SportsDirect.com Park

13 January 2018

Craig Davies’ 10th league goal of the season ensured the points were shared at SportsDirect.com Park against Rotherham United.

he striker swept home a free kick from 20 yards to equalise after Ryan Williams had given Rotherham the early lead.

Williams fired home from close range on six minutes to put the Millers ahead but Davies’ strike on 31 minutes secured a point.

Manager Richie Wellens, who was in the stands due to a one-match touchline ban, named two of his new signings in the starting 11 for the game against Rotherham United.

Kundai Benyu and Ben Pringle lined up in midfield and the latter almost helped Latics take the lead in the opening minutes of the game.

Pringle played in Dan Gardner who laid the ball back for Davies but the striker’s effort was cleared off the line by Millers defender Richard Wood.

However, despite that good start, Rotherham took the lead on seven minutes.

Latics failed to clear a ball into the box and Williams hammered home at the front post to give the Millers the goal advantage.

Wellens’ men needed a response and the two new signings almost combined to equalise but Pringle’s effort was blocked.

After a quick change of linesman’s, Davies almost profited from a mix up in the Rotherham defence but they managed to recover and clear the danger.

Pringle almost deceived Marek Rodak just before the half hour mark before Ousmane Fane’s bursting run won a free kick right on the edge of the box for Latics.

Gardner fed Davies who turned and shot and found the bottom corner to equalise for Latics.

It was all Athletic until the end of the first half but the best chance came deep into stoppage time.

Tope Obadeyi took on his defender, raced at the defence but blazed his effort from 25 yards over the crossbar.

Athletic had to be wary at the start of the second half as Will Vaulks’ long range effort had to be tipped over the crossbar by Johny Placide.

A minute later, Latics countered and went close to gaining the lead. After neat build up play, Obadeyi crossed for Gardner who knocked it down for Pringle to strike but he fired over the crossbar.

On the hour mark, Cameron Dummigan broke up play and raced at the Rotherham defence. He fed Obadeyi who attempted to find the unmarked Davies at the back post but Wood blocked the cross.

Vaulks received the first booking of the game before both sides made a change.

Rotherham brought on striker Michael Smith, whilst Ryan McLaughlin came on in place of Gardner.

The game started to get nervy with neither side taking control of the proceedings.

Vaulks found himself fortunate to still be on the pitch as on 75 minutes he caught Fane late but the referee only had a word with the midfielder.

After a flurry of substations stopped the flow of the game, Athletic had their best spell in the final minutes of the game, however, they were forced into some defending as well.

Substitute Gevaro Nepomuceno fired a fierce ball across the face of the Rotherham six yard box but Wood managed to clear, whilst seconds later, Davies felt he should have been awarded a penalty but the referee waved away his protests.

Placide was forced into action two minutes later as Joe Newell’s volley was saved by the goalkeeper, whilst Richie Towell blazed over the crossbar from 25 yards as it ended a draw.

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Dummigan (Nepomuceno 85’), Edmundson, Gerrard, Wilson, Fane, Gardner (McLaughlin 70’), Benyu (Holloway 74’), Pringle, Obadeyi, Davies.

Subs not used: Hamer, Sheridan, Maouche, Duffus.

Rotherham United: Rodak, Emmanuel, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood, Forde, Ball (Clarke-Harris 86’), Towell, Yates (Smith 66’), Williams (Newell 82’).

Subs not used: Price, Taylor, Ihiekwe, Cummings.

Goals: Oldham Athletic (Davies 31’) 1-1 Rotherham United (Williams 7’)

Attendance: 4,775 (1,172 visiting supporters)


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