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MATCH REPORT: Latics Held To A Draw At Tranmere Rovers

24 November 2018

Oldham Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw as Connor Jennings cancelled out Johan Branger-Engone’s first half strike.

Latics were almost in front inside the first minute as Dan Gardner’s corner just glanced off the head of defender George Edmundson who was in a promising position.

James Norwood had an opportunity to stretch his legs with Tranmere’s first chance, but Edmundson managed to get back and stop the league’s top scorer as he took aim.

Ollie Banks then hit the hosts first shot well wide before hitting a freekick over the bar, much to the amusement of the Latics fans behind the goal.

In truth it was a tight first half with neither team truly creating many clear-cut chances, but Branger-Engone took his opportunity when it fell to him.

Gevaro Nepomuceno’s corner fell to the Gabonese winger and he took the ball under control before slotting it nicely past Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal.

The home side tried to respond as Norwood headed a Manny Monthe long freekick into the hands of Daniel Iversen and Frankie Bunn’s men went in at half-time with the lead.

Tranmere came out with a purpose in the second half and Iversen had to be aware as pinball in the Oldham box ended up hitting Ishmael Miller and going towards his own goal, but Iversen reacted quickly to hold on.

Jennings then had a big chance, as Jake Caprice’s cross found him at the back post, but his deflected effort went just wide.

Substitute Sam Surridge then flicked it on to Miller who could only hit his effort wide as he was falling over, but Surridge had a great chance himself moments later.

Callum Lang played the on-loan Bournemouth man through, but goalkeeper Davies stood up well to block the shot.

That miss proved costly as Tranmere kept the ball alive from a freekick which made its way through to Jennings and he slotted the ball home.

Neither side could find a winner in a pretty feisty affair which saw the referee hand out six yellow cards, including one to manager Frankie Bunn.

Latics are now four unbeaten and they take on Lincoln City next at Boundary Park on Tuesday night.

Attendance TBC (Away 1348)

Tranmere Rovers

Davies, McNulty ©, Monthe, Mullin (Stockton 86’), Norwood, Jennings, McCullough, Caprice, Mottley-Henry, Bakayogo, Banks

Oldham Athletic

Iversen, Hunt, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Taylor, Branger-Engone (Surridge 64’), Lyden (Missilou 86’), Gardner, Nepomuceno, Lang, Miller (O’Grady 78’)

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