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REPORT: Latics Maintain Unbeaten Start To Pre-Season With Draw Against Nottingham Forest

21 July 2018

Oldham Athletic maintained their unbeaten start to pre-season with a 2-2 draw against Championship opposition Nottingham Forest.

Matthew Cash did put Forest in the opening three minutes of the game before Latics netted two second half goals and led until three minutes from time.

A trialist equalised whilst 10 minutes later, George Edmundson powered his header into the top corner as Latics took the lead.

They held that until the final three minutes of the game as Lewis Grabban equalised, however, Latics remain unbeaten during this pre-season.

It was not the best start to the game for Oldham Athletic as they fell behind on three minutes.

Cash managed to get in front of his man and he steered the ball into the bottom corner to put Forest ahead.

It was almost two a minute later as Joe Lolley’s goal bound shot was well blocked by Edmundson.

Latics’ trialist goalkeeper had to be alert soon after as Hillal Soudani weaved his way through on goal but he stood up well to the task and saved.

Athletic’s first chance came on 13 minutes as Dan Gardner’s cross found the head of Edmundson but Costel Pantilimon made the save.

Latics improved as the game went on, however, Gardner was forced off just after the half hour mark with injury.

Bunn made a change at half time and brought on a trialist and he made an immediate impact by scoring three minutes into the second half.

He received the ball in the penalty area and whipped the ball into the bottom corner to equalise.

Ten minutes later and Latics were ahead. Andy Taylor’s cross found Edmundson and he powered his header into the top corner to make it 2-1.

Forest went close on a couple of occasions to get the equaliser. Firstly, Grabban curled a free kick into the arms of the trialist goalkeeper, whilst with 10 minutes remaining, Joao Carvalho skied over from six yards.

The visitors did manage to get their equaliser in the final three minutes of the game through Grabban. The striker netted at the back post to ensure it ended a draw.

Oldham Athletic: Trialist, Taylor (Stott 71’), Edmundson (Clarke 71’), Graham, Hamer, Gardner (Nepomuceno 36’), Coke, Missilou, Maouche (Trialist 46’), Branger-Engone, Trialist.

Subs not used: De La Paz, Sheridan.

Goals: Oldham Athletic (Trialist 48’, Edmundson 58’) 2-2 Nottingham Forest (Cash 3’, Grabban 87’)

Attendance: 1,768 (670 away supporters)

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