Friday, 15 March 2013

Oldham await the Cherries at Boundry park

Since Oldham parted with manager Paul Dickov, after the Walsall game, on 2nd February, the Latics have won two and lost one of their home games. They did not have a mid-week match that would have been against Hartlepool because of a frozen pitch. A narrow defeat against Tranmere Rovers last time out has seen Oldham situated in the bottom four on 36pts from 35 games. Individual error have been the cause of Oldham's recent defeats. The FA Cup run that Oldham had means that they have a couple of games in hand on those just above them in the table and they will be looking to get away from the drop zone, which will make this a hard match for the Cherries.

Oldham have been looked after by caretaker boss Tony Philliskirk (48) since Paul Dickov's departure. Tony joined Oldham in 1998 when Andy Ritchie offered him the Youth Team coaches job. He was assistant manager in 2003 when Ian Dowie went to Crystal Palace and Tony managed the team for one game in the 2004-5 season. He had been Youth Team coach before his recent appointment as caretaker boss.

Jose Baxter is the team's top goalscorer on 12 and Matt Smith is likely to be his striking partner on Saturday, while Lee Barnard who played for AFCB earlier this season, is also at Oldham on loan from Southampton. I thought Lee Croft who plays on the right wing had a good game against us down at the Goldsands Stadium in the reverse fixture even though he was on the losing side that day in November. He'll be one to watch out for.

The Cherries will be watching the progress of their injured players and if any of them will be fit for this game. The list is long with Charlie Daniels and Tommy Elphick being joined by fresh injuries to Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser and Harry Arter in the mid-week game against Stevenage.

League Form
Oldham at Home:LLWWL

Cherries Away: WWLLW

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