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Preview: Oldham Athletic

22 November 2018

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back in action at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon when they host Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two.

Having earned a place in the FA Cup second round after strikes from James Norwood and Paul Mullin in the opening half hour beat Oxford City 2-0 away on Tuesday night, Rovers’ attention returns to the league. 

Micky Mellon’s seventh-placed side lost 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra last weekend and they welcome Oldham to the Wirral, with Frankie Bunn’s men winning 3-1 at home to Cambridge United in their last league outing.

George Edmundson, Jordan Lyden and Callum Lang were on target as the Greater Manchester outfit moved up to 12th position.

Team news

Cole Stockton and Liam Ridehalgh returned to the first team fold in Tuesday night's win at Oxford City.

Ollie Banks and James Norwood have slight knocks and will face late fitness tests. 

Steve McNulty will be back in contention for the game after being rested for the FA Cup tie. 

The Latics season so far

From their 18 games so far this season, Bunn has led Oldham to six wins in League Two.

Victories against Morecambe, Macclesfield Town, Crawley Town, Grimsby Town, Cheltenham Town and Cambridge United has seen the Boundary Park side on 24 points, six points off the Play-Off positions.

Should they win at Tranmere, Oldham could move up two positions in Sky Bet League Two.

One to watch

Callum Lang is the player that Tranmere’s defence need to keep an eye on when Oldham visit Prenton Park.

Born in Liverpool, Lang began his career in the youth set up at Anfield before moving to Wigan Athletic’s youth system.

Turning professional at the DW Stadium, 20-year-old Lang made his senior debut in Wigan colours in an EFL Cup tie with Blackpool in August 2017.

He joined League Two side Morecambe on loan deal later that same month, scoring 10 goals in 30 games for the Shrimps as Jim Bentley’s side survived in the fourth tier on the final day of the season.

Lang signed on loan for Oldham before the start of the 2018/19 campaign and has since netted four times for the club.

The referee

Sebastian Stockbridge will be the man in the middle as Tranmere Rovers face Oldham Athletic at Prenton Park.

The Tyne-and-Wear match official has taken charge of 15 fixtures across the EFL this season, brandishing 40 yellow cards and one red one.

Acting as assistant referees will be Richard Bartlett and Anthony Moore, who will run the line, while Thomas Harty will be the fourth official.


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Match coverage

If you can’t make it to TRFC’s home clash with Oldham on Saturday, don’t fear as we have coverage straight from Prenton Park, so you can keep up with the progress wherever you are!

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

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Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Oldham Athletic

24 November 2018

Connor Jennings second half equaliser ensured Tranmere Rovers a well-deserved point in a tight North West derby against Oldham Athletic.

Johan Branger opened the scoring for the visitors in a cagey first half of limited chances before r Jennings replied midway through the second as the game with a cool finish.

Dylan Mottley-Henry and Paul Mullin replaced Jonny Smith and Harvey Gilmour following last week’s League Two match at Crewe.

Zoumana Bakayogo maintained his place in the side following his return to the first team in the past week. The left back provided a good attacking threat but was noticeably solid defensively in dealing with a number of in swinging crosses from the left hand side.

Rovers team chemistry created openings as they made a promising start against the Latics.

 A change to a 4-4-2 formation enabled Mullin and James Norwood to link up more often and they did so well on several occasions in the first half. A quick one-two between the strikers released Norwood on the right hand side and he burst into the area only for some good tracking back from the Oldham defence denying him the chance to shoot. 

The first half lacked many clear goal scoring opportunities however Oldham made the most of theirs. With 39 minutes played, Gevaro Nepomuceno delivered a low corner into the box from the right and it bounced kindly for Branger to fire in from the centre of the box past Scott Davies, who couldn’t get enough on it to keep it out having dived down to his right.

Ollie Banks had the best chance for Rovers in the first half, however the ex-Oldham player fired a freekick over from 25 yards. On the stroke of half time Manny Monthe hit a freekick into the box which Norwood got his head to from the edge of the area, but it was straight forward for visitors keeper Daniel Iverson to catch.

Within minutes of the second half Norwood hit a freekick which went just wide of the right hand post from the ‘D’.

The league’s top scorer had another opening towards the hour mark. Mottley-Henry crossed in from the right to Mullin, whose chest control dropped to Norwood, although he was under pressure and his left footed effort went over the crossbar.

A fantastic piece of play from Jake Caprice saw him beat his man and fizz a dangerous ball into the area where Norwood touched it down to Jennings who, but for a fantastic block, looked certain to equalise.

Rovers search for their leveller saw them open up more defensively and experienced forward Ishmael Miller nearly capitalised when he received substitute Sam Surridge’s knockdown but Monthe did enough to force him to fire wide.

Surridge was then played through with only Davies to beat but he followed his run as he attempted to round him, staying big before diving brilliantly to push his eventual effort wide.

Rovers maintained their positive pressure and it finally paid off after 71 minutes. Norwood had a freekick loop up off the wall and Mottley-Henry improvised to head the ball across goal finding Jennings on the edge of the six yard box and he drilled the ball right into the right hand corner of the net.

Jennings almost turned provider moments later as he whipped the ball from the left towards the unmarked Mottley-Henry, but the winger failed to get anything on it despite throwing himself at the ball.

The final few minutes were scrappy, with both sides too cautious come away with nothing.

Oldham applied some pressure towards the end of additional time however Rovers defended well to maintain their solid home record, which they will take into next Sunday’s FA Cup second round match where they will host Southport.

Davies, Caprice, McNaulty (Capt.), Monthe, Bakayogo, McCullough, Banks, Mottley-Henry, Mullin (86 Stockton), Jennings, Norwood. Not used: George, Ridehalgh, Sutton, Harris, Smith, Gilmour.


Report by Jake Mathot

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