1885---131st Anniversary year---2016 'We fear No Foe

Understood by those that matter

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Oldham 1 Millwall 2 League One, Game 25, 9/1/16 att:3,558 (we take 362)


Oldham have had spells in the top flight which was back around and after the first world war and in the early days of the Premiership but this lot have fell a long way. With less than 4,000 on the gate and a team that hasn't won in 12 games at home they were there for the taking. On a miserable day weather wise back in December this fixture was due to take place but Boundary Park one of the highest football grounds in the football league was flooded so it was called off. The Oldham supporters have had a miserable season but found humour and took joy that at least it was a Saturday when they didn't lose and especially a Saturday when they didn't lose at home.
Joy does not last long in football and as the Oldham lot more or less predicted they would lose at home with this one and all though the game was not a classic we secured the three points while not being at our best.  Shane Ferguson finishing his loan period with assists for both goals and a grateful 3-points.come south with us. It made a change to win up north and hopefully we can win some at home.

The Game

Homer referee, awarded four free kicks to us and fourteen to Oldham. Par for the course really

We sign on loan midfielder Jed Wallace from Wolves and thank you Kenny. We were after this player in the summer but didn't get him. We have him for a month and he started this game with Aiden O'Brien on the bench. Jed has pace and it didn't take long for us to get on the score sheet as he zipped in a cross which Lee Gregory picked up and buried after three minutes gone. Wallace was quick all over the pitch and it looks like he don't mind tracking back when duty calls.
Shane Ferguson played well but has played his last game for us as his loan period has come to a end. We have put in a bid for him as he has done well so we will be waiting on Newcastle United to let us know.

Oldham did have spells and they equalised in the 59th minute after they were awarded a dodgy free kick which David Forde had no chance with.  Forde was kept on his toes later through the half when Oldham pushing for the winner or at least another goal tested him on two occasions and a cross come shot was superbly turned away for a corner and also a thunder of a shot from the Oldham player Winchester had Forde horizontal and yet again he superbly saved. He is certainly working hard to keep his place between the sticks. We have not had much luck from our away trips up north recently so it was a happy journey home when with just five minutes left on the clock Shane Ferguson crossed a peach of a ball which Steve Morison buried by getting in low with his head.

Footnote: John Marquis back in the fold after his loan spell at Leyton Orient came on for the last three minutes when he replaced Steve Morison. Not sure what was the point of that.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Martin, Beever's, Webster, Wallace (O'Brien 64m), Williams, Abdou, Ferguson, Gregory (Onyedinma 76m), Morison (Marquis 87m)

subs not used, Archer, Upson, Thompson, Nelson

Goals: Gregory 2mins,  Morison 85mins

Oldham: Coleman, Dieng, Kelly, Jones, Poleon (Forte 64m), Cassidy, Winchester, Murphy, B.Wilson (Fuller 87m), Lafferty (J.Wilson 87m), Dummingan
subs not used, Cornell, Brown, Mills, Bove

Goal: Jones 59mins

13/1/16 Just heard that the Oldham manager David Dunn has been sacked. Not a nice thing and it seems to happen a lot when teams get beat by Millwall.