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Opposition View: Oldham Athletic

10 January 2020

The Silkmen will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to 2020 at the Moss Rose tomorrow, as we host an Oldham Athletic side who have lost three on the bounce.  

The visitors make the 29-mile trip having failed to score since the start of the new year. Dino Maamria’s side currently reside in 20th position, three points above Macc, winning two of their last five fixtures in the league. 

The Latics started December off with a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient, before losing to league leaders, Swindon Town on December 14.  

Oldham did have some Christmas cheer however, winning consecutive matches 2-1 against Crawley Town and Morecambe respectively over the festive period. 

They followed this up with a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Salford City, who proved lethal on the counter-attack on December 29.  

Since then, Maamria’s side have suffered two more defeats, a 2-0 loss at home to Scunthorpe United and a 3-0 loss away at promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town.  

 

Opposition Manager Comments: 

Dino Maamria gave some comments on the Latics’ website earlier this week ahead of the game.  

He said: "One thing we didn't do in the last couple of days, and you can even hear it from the fans; we need to tackle more, we need to compete more. We haven't done that in the last couple of games and I think that's why we are where we are. 

“I'm pleased about this week but I know that we've got two huge games on Saturday and Tuesday in quick succession. 

Oldham’s manager was also full of praise for the Silkmen -

He said: "I watched their last two games against Cambridge and Port Vale, and I played against them earlier in the season with my previous club and here. I admire them a lot; they work their hardest and stay together despite all the adversity around them and play for their lives and I've got a lot of time for that. 

"Against Cambridge last week they totally dominated. Against Port Vale they totally dominated, and they were unlucky to draw 2-2. Their players are focused on the games, they're staying together even though they're getting paid or not getting paid. But they are much, much better than their league position without a shadow of a doubt." 

 

By George Carden


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