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MATCH REPORT: Latics Start 2019 With A Win Over Notts County

1 January 2019

Oldham Athletic ran out 2-0 winners over Notts County as goals from Tom Hamer and Peter Clarke secured the three points.

Notts County substitute Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain saw red for two yellow card offences on a relatively comfortable afternoon for Latics.

It was a tentative start to the game as the visitors created the first opportunity of the game when the ball broke to Cedric Evina, but he fired over the bar.

Pierce Bird saw a header cleared off the line by Gevaro Nepomuceno before Callum Lang tested Ross Fitzsimons with an effort from a tight angle.

Latics were beginning to grow into the game as they kept possession well in front of a stern Notts County defence.

Oldham did have the best chance of the half as Jordan Lyden crossed from the left into the oncoming Mohamed Maouche, but the midfielder could only guide the ball wide of the post.

Latics felt they should have had a penalty after Hamer’s long throw seemed to be handled by Richard Duffy inside the penalty area.

However, five minutes later Latics took the lead after a patient build up saw George Edmundson picked out Hamer out on the right-hand side.

The young fullback whipped in a cross come shot which flew past Fitzsimons into the top corner to give the home side the lead.

Whether Hamer meant it or not was up for debate, but Latics went in at half time with a deserved lead.

Latics doubled the lead early into the second half as Johan Branger-Engone delivered a freekick for Captain Peter Clarke to bundle home.

Hamer then crossed for Maouche, but he could only direct the header straight at Fitzsimons, before Maouche himself carved open an opportunity for himself, but once again he could only hit the shot straight at the Notts County goalkeeper.

Clarke diverted a Jon Stead cross onto his own post before Oxlade-Chamberlain saw red for two challenges in five minutes.

Branger-Engone hit a dipping effort which Fitzsimons had to turn behind before being replaced by Harry Robinson for his senior debut.

The win for Latics means back-to-back victories for the club and caretaker manager Pete Wild.

Next up for Latics is the small task of playing Premier League side Fulham in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Attendance 4336 (382 Away)

Oldham Athletic

Iversen, Hamer, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Nepomuceno, Lang, Missilou, Lyden, Branger-Engone (Robinson 89’), Maouche, O’Grady (Surridge 67’)

Notts County

Fitzsimons, Tootle (Oxlade-Chamberlain 45’), Bird, Duffy, Vaughan, Dennis, Kellett (Thomas 67’), Brisley, Milsom, Evina, Stead © (Etete 79’)

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