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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: United host the Latics at Brunton Park

We take a closer look at the festive seaso opponents

24 December 2018

The Blues will be looking to bring more festive cheer on Boxing Day when Oldham Athletic come to town.

Sam SurridgeThe Latics continue to hover in the mid-table slots but, buoyed by a recent 4-2 derby victory over Bury, are most definitely not to be taken lightly.

A solid run of results through November and the early part of December saw them consolidate their position, albeit with a need to change draws into wins as they ran into some stubborn opposition.

Last Saturday saw them host Exeter, and the Latics twice took the lead through the prolific Surridge and an early second half goal from Callum Lang. Ultimately they came out of the game empty handed as Jayden Stockley bagged a hat-trick for the Grecians.

Sam Surridge and Chris O'Grady remain the two danger men to watch - both have notched consistently so far this season. In terms of creating chances, Dan Gardner and Gevaro Nepumuceno have a combined assist tally which is well into double figures.


Manager’s thoughts ...

John SheridanSpeaking ahead of the game, manager John Sheridan said: "We obviously go into it looking to build on what we did in our last home game, and in the way we dug deep at Crawley.

"I've said it a few times now, but home form is vital if you want to achieve anything in this division.

"We want to make this a difficult place to come and if we can repeat that level of performance we know teams won't enjoy coming to Brunton Park to play us. 

"Our fans will have had a good day with their families on Christmas Day and we're hoping to give them more to smile about on Boxing Day. Oldham are another team who are a good side on their day, so it won't be easy, and they have players who can use the ball.

"I know a lot of them really well, and they'll be looking to get on a consistent run of their own. We'll go out there to be attack-minded and I know the players will give me work rate and energy.

"We'll compete and hopefully we'll create and take the chances, in exactly the same way as we have in the last two games, to give everyone another exciting afternoon."

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Did You Know?

+ Pine Villa was formed in 1895 but on 4 July 1899 they ceased to exist ... however, there were no tears, because the name was changed and the birth of Oldham Athletic came about.

Oldham 1992

+ Oldham were founder members of the Premier League back in the 1992/93 season, and stayed in the top flight for three seasons - one campaign in the old First Division, two in the Premier League.

+ Latics fell on hard times and were forced to go into administration in the summer of 2003, but some much-needed financial stability was provided when three American-based businessmen - Simon Blitz, Simon Corney and Danny Gazal - purchased the club the following November.


Head to Head

These sides have met on a total of 81 occasions over the years with the Blues shading it for victories, with 34 compared to 27 for the Latics.

  Carlisle wins Draws Oldham wins
FA Cup 1 0 1
Cup 3 1 0
League 28 18 25
League Cup 2 1 1
Total 34 20 27

The last meeting between these teams met was in October this season, down at Boundary Park. The Blues deservedly took the lead when Macaulay Gillesphey kept the ball alive at the back post. His header invited Hallam Hope to steam in and apply the finishing touch. Hope turned provider to set up Ashley Nadesan early in the second half, and a wonderful piece of skill from Jack Sowerby wrapped things up just two minutes later. Oldham bagged a consolation with 20 minutes left to play, but there was little else they could do to eat into United's lead.

Watch the highlights of that game here:

Prior to that, our visitors were up here at Brunton Park last season, for an FA Cup first round fixture at the beginning of November.

Oldham lad Richie Bennett bagged a brace and, along with a good finish from Hallam Hope, that was enough to see the Blues through to the next round despite second half goals from Peter Clarke and Aaron Holloway.

Watch the GoPro highlights from that game here:

Rewind another year and we were the guests of the Latics for what turned into an unbelievable game in the Checkatrade Trophy group stages. Billy McKay opened the scoring for the hosts, and it all sparked up from there, to say the least.

Michael Raynes, Tom Miller, Reggie Lambe and Charlie Wyke scored for United (complemented by an own goal from Cameron Burgess) and Darius Osei (2) and Oliver Banks added to the net bulging to bring it to a 5-4 conclusion in favour of the Cumbrians. 

There was even time for Macaulay Gillesphey to get sent off along the way.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle:

Andy HainesThe referee for this game is Mr Andy Haines. He’s taken charge of 20 games so far this season showing 67 yellow cards and three reds.

He was last at Brunton Park just three months ago for our Checkatrade Trophy group game against Morecambe. A tight game saw the Shrimps twice take the lead through goals from Oliver and Piggott. Glendon and Gillesphey pegged them back for the Blues, and that set it up for Jerry Yates to grab a late winner. There were no United names taken on the night.

We saw Mr Haines twice last season, both a Brunton Park, starting with our opening day fixture against Swindon Town. Luke Joyce scored our only goal in a 2-1 defeat, and Mike Jones was the only Carlisle name taken.

Our second meeting had a much more pleasant outcome as we beat Oldham Athletic 3-2 in the FA Cup. Richie Bennett (2) and Hallam Hope gave us a three goal cushion but there was still time to bite the fingernails as Peter Clarke and Aaron Holloway bit back to make it a nervy ending to the game. There were no Carlisle bookings that afternoon.

Referee - Andy Haines
Assistant Referee 1 - Graeme Fyvie
Assistant Referee 2 - Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official - Barry Cropp


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 6 - 0 Latics

Report from the Boxing Day home game

26 December 2018

A rampant Carlisle side brought lashings of festive cheer as they put Oldham to the sword with an emphatic and convincing victory which saw them score some excellent team goals along the way.

United kicked towards the Waterworks End in the first half with an unchanged side from last Saturday's away victory at Crawley.

The Latics won an early corner when a cross from Nepomuceno deflected behind. Hope met it at the near post, to help it on its way out of the box, and Liddle made a good block when a follow up shot from Taylor was drilled low.

Oldham came again when Maouche blocked an attempted clearance from Grainger. He was quickly onto the loose ball but Parkes slid in to put the pass to the near post behind to safety. Collin bundled through bodies when the corner was swept in to punch it long and away from the danger area. 

It was a good start from the away side and they probed again as Surridge pulled wide to take a pass on the overlap. He tried to pick out Lang with a neat cut back but Gerrard was there to hook it clear.

Carlisle responded with a touch from Devitt which allowed Hope to run at his man. He dropped a shoulder as he angled his way towards the box but he couldn't keep his shot down.

The Blues got themselves in front on 19 minutes when a crunching cross-field clearance from Grainger was picked up by Nadesan on the half way line. He bounced a one-two off Sowerby before steaming his way into the box with the ball glued to his boot. A clip on his heels could well have led to a penalty but he stayed tall, and his final touch rolled the ball into the path of Hallam Hope, who had shadowed the break from the off. He was left with the simple task of popping it into the empty net from close range.

A cross from Grainger found Nadesan in space at the far post as United stayed forward, but it was behind Hope and Taylor got a toe to it to stop the forward from causing any damage. Devitt battled hard to win back possession and Hope was the target again with another clipped cross. Two defenders got enough on it to prevent him from completing the volley.

More good football saw Sowerby turn his man in midfield before finding the always available Hallam Hope on the left flank. He fizzed a pass to Yates but he was under pressure and the ball was marshalled away before he could shoot.

The Cumbrians doubled their lead on the half hour with another superb move which saw them carve through the static Oldham defence. A patient build up saw Hope ignore a shooting opportunity so he could roll it back for Devitt to strike, from over 25-yards away. Iversen could only parry the dipping rasper, as it flew and swirled at him, and Hope used intelligence to volley the ball back into the six-yard box. Jerry Yates had to readjust his feet quickly and his touch was enough to leave keeper to beat the floor in frustration as the forward bagged his third goal in three games since making the switch to the central striker role.

Excellent handling from Collin stopped the Latics from building up a head of steam as they sent balls in the box in an attempt to get back into the game, and former-Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard had the last meaningful kick of the half for the hosts when he sent a shot from distance high over the bar.

Oldham broke from the goal kick and they wasted a real chance of pulling one back when a header from O'Grady was blocked, only to fall back at his feet with the defenders at sixes and sevens. With just Collin to beat, and at very close range, he lost his bearings before swiping a poor attempt over the target.

Carlisle continued to look excellent going forward after the break but crosses from Grainger and Hope were dealt with as Yates lurked. A high looping cross from Clarke at the other end had Collin stretched as he reached up to tip it behind.

Another away opening came when Missilou appeared to find the perfect delivery when he dropped the ball between the keeper and his back four. Surridge seemed to hesitate and the speed on the ball meant he missed his chance to shoot.

It was United's turn to hesitate as they looked to clear their lines, with Oldham throwing men forward, but it worked to their advantage when they broke at pace when Gerrard sent a beauty of a pass from the edge of his own box to Jerry Yates. He put Hope on the overlap, and a superb cross was nodded into the bottom corner from eight yards out by Ashley Nadesan, who took his tally to nine for the season.

Game, set and match came just four minutes later when Missilou pulled Jamie Devitt back just as he shaped to shoot 23-yards out. Captain Danny Grainger added another wonder strike to his repertoire as he found the top corner, albeit with a touch from Iversen as he tried to fingertip it away.

It became a rout with just under 20 minutes left to play when Jamie Devitt showed excellent awareness to rob possession on the half way line. He picked out the in-form Yates, who had set off on a run, and the forward left Iversen with no chance as he calmly slotted it into the back of the net.

Cries of 'ole' rang out around Brunton Park as the confident football flowed but a rare Oldham chance came on 85 minutes when Surridge found himself in space at an angle. He tried to shoot across Collin but the big keeper was equal to it as he dived long to keep hold of the ball.

The Latics looked for a consolation but a touch from Parkes as a cross came in was vital to prevent Missilou from applying a finishing touch.

Gary Liddle made it an extra-special 100th appearance for the club when he chested a cross from Hope into the back of the net deep into time added on, and that was that as the hosts made it 10 goals and two clean sheets from their last two home outings.



Carlisle United - Hope (19), Yates (30, 71), Nadesan (60), Grainger (64), Liddle (90)



Carlisle United - Etuhu (66)

Oldham Athletic - Edmundson (63)



Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger (Gillesphey 80), Sowerby, Etuhu (Slater 74), Devitt, Nadesan (McCarron 76), Yates, Hope. Subs - Gray, Jones, Bennett, Campbell.

Oldham Athletic - Iversen, Taylor, Edmundson, Surridge, O'Grady (Branger-Engone 65), Missilou, Lang, Hunt, Clarke, Nepomuceno, Maouche. Subs - McFarlane, Lyden, Coke, Miller, Graham, Hamer.


Referee - Mr Andy Haines

Attendance - 5,465 (534 away fans)

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