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MATCH REPORT: Scholes Off To A Flyer In First Game As Latics Manager

12 February 2019

Paul Scholes got off to the perfect start as Oldham Athletic manager as Oldham Athletic beat Yeovil Town 4-1 at Boundary Park.

Goals from Jose Baxter, Callum Lang, Mohamed Maouche and Christopher Missilou secured the three points for Latics despite Bevis Mugabi making the game 2-1 at one point.

The game had a feisty beginning with just seconds in Yeovil striker Alex Fisher clashed with Tom Hamer mid air leaving the Latics fullback in visible discomfort.

Johan Branger-Engone fired a shot over before Hamer had to be substituted despite trying to run off the injury.

Minutes later the visitors created a decent opening as the ball fell to Jake Gray on the edge of the box and he smashed the ball against the right-hand post.

Francois Zoko had a couple of tame efforts at Iversen before Callum Lang created an opening before slicing his shot wide.

The half had six minutes added on due to the early stoppage for Hamer’s injury and Peter Clarke almost put Latics ahead after being picked out by Gevaro Nepomuceno from the left.

However, the Latics skipper couldn’t quite dig the ball from under his feet as Yeovil managed to clear.

Latics wouldn’t have to wait for too long though, after Nepomuceno brilliantly flicked it through to Branger-Engone down the left.

The winger found Baxter in the middle and he calmly slotted home his first goal at Boundary Park since he returned to the club to give Latics a half-time lead.

Latics doubled the lead six minutes into the second half as Nepomuceno crossed for Lang who got in front of Stuart Nelson to head home.

Baxter then forced a decent stop from the Glovers goalkeeper before Mugabi pulled one back for the away side, bundling home a long freekick into the box.

Baxter forced another good save from Nelson before being substituted as Latics were comfortably seeing the game out.

However, with minutes remaining Maouche picked up a loose ball from a Chris O’Grady flick on and the Frenchman picked his spot to restore the two-goal cushion.

Missilou then volleyed home his first goal for Latics to seal the match for Latics as Scholes wins his first game as manager.

Next up for Latics is the home game with Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Attendance 3868 (56 Away)

Oldham Athletic

Iversen, Hamer (Hunt 11’), Edmundson, Clarke ©, Nepomuceno, Maouche, Missilou, Baxter (Sylla 69’), Dearnley (O’Grady 76’), Lang, Branger-Engone

Yeovil Town

Nelson, Gafaiti, Dickinson, Mugabi, Worthington, Fisher, Gray, Zoko ©, Pattison (Browne 65’), Arquin (Abrahams 84’), Dobre (Duffus 74’)


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