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06 October 2018 Venue Boundary Park Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to Saturday's game

We take a closer peek at this weekend's opponents

5 October 2018

United face Oldham Athletic in league action for the first time since the 2013/14 season, back when the pair were both firmly ensconced in League One.

Sam SurridgeThe Latics were relegated to League Two at the end of last season, following a disappointing campaign, and have made no secret about the fact that their aim is to bounce back at the first time of asking.

August brought a mixed bag of fortunes in the league, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats, and September followed much the same pattern as they embedded themselves comfortably in the top half of the table. With options up front, they have proved to be a difficult side to play against so far.

The Tuesday night trip to Mansfield was a tense affair as the hosts dominated possession, without finding a way through. The Latics stood tall defensively and could have nicked the lead, and all three points, when Rob Hunt ventured forward in the second half. His shot was just inches past the post.

Keep an eye out for Sam Surridge [pictured above] - he's already notched six goals - and he has Dan Gardner to thank for much of that with the midfielder weighing in with four assists in all competitions. 

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Manager’s thoughts ...

Club News

MANAGER: The players have got to be ruthless with each other

4 October 2018

Speaking ahead of the game, United boss John Sheridan said: “We're looking to get ourselves going again. We're disappointed that we haven't taken anything from two home games where we've dominated for long periods.

John Sheridan

"The difference has been that we haven't been taking the very good chances we've created and we know we have to improve in that area. 

"Oldham are a ood side who have proved to be very hard to beat. They have players who like to attack and we know we'll have to be on our game. We go there confident because our away form has been good, and we know we can cause problems for any team in this division.

"I'll be looking to us to keep creating the quality of chances we have been creating and, if we can add a ruthless edge, we'll give them plenty to think about."

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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.

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Head to Head

These two sides have met on a total of 80 occasions over the years with the Blues shading it for victories, with 33 compared to 27 for the Latics.

  Carlisle wins Draws Oldham wins
FA Cup 1 0 1
Cup 3 1 0
League 27 18 25
League Cup 2 1 1
Total 33 20 27

The last meeting between the sides was 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:

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Man in the middle

Dean WhitestoneOur official for this fixture is Mr Dean Whitestone. He has taken charge of nine games so far this season and has shown 30 yellow cards and two reds.

It's been 18 months since our paths last crossed, for our play-off semi-final second leg meeting with Exeter City back in May 2017.

It brought to a close a pulsating series of meetings, with Ollie Watkins giving the hosts a two-goal advantage on the night.

Late strikes from Jason Kennedy and John O'Sullivan appeared to have taken the tie to extra time, but former-Blue Jack Stacey broke travelling hearts when he scored a superb winner deep into time added on. Danny Grainger and John O'Sullivan were the names taken on the night.

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3 October 2018

Referee – Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referee 1 – Craig Taylor
Assistant Referee 2 – David Avent
Fourth Official – Joe Clark

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Oldham 1 - 3 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

7 October 2018

United were at Boundary Park this weekend without influential duo Richie Bennett and Jamie Devitt as they nursed their injuries with a view to a speedy return to the action.

Former-Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard was handed the captain's armband on his return to his old stomping ground and Jerry Yates, back from a two-game suspension, joined Mike Jones as the two changes made to the starting line up.

Carlisle were gifted an opening with just three minutes on the clock when Hope hustled Edmundson as they both chased a ball over the top. Nadesan stepped in to nick the weak back pass and Hope rolled it back for Sowerby to shoot. His effort was blocked, but Gillesphey was in support and he immediately drilled the loose pieces across the face of goal. It was inches away from being touched in as both Sowerby and Hope threw themselves at it.

United were then awarded a free kick, 25 yards out, when Etuhu was chopped down by Graham. Sowerby took it and he was a whisker away as his effort dipped late and flew just past the post.

A quickly taken free kick marked Oldham's arrival in the game just before the quarter hour as Hunt streaked away with the ball at his feet. His low cut back asked questions but United defended well and the ball was cleared as it entered the six yard box. 

An excellent touch from Nadesan in the centre circle took him away from his man and he threaded a measured pass through for Hope to get after. Momentarily with just Iverson to beat, he set himself to shoot, but was denied the opportunity by a fine challenge from Edmundson.

The visitors got the goal their enterprising play deserved when Yates carried the ball to the edge of the box. He clipped a delivery towards the far post and a touch from Gardner appeared to have averted the danger. Gillesphey was having none of it, and he kept it alive with a looping header which prevented the ball from going behind. Hallam Hope said thank you very much as he finished it off from very close range.

Keeper Adam Collin was brought into the action for the first time on 27 minutes when Miller used pace to get into the box. His shot on the run was fierce but a strong boot deflected the effort over the bar.

The better football still belonged to Carlisle and they came again as Etuhu and Nadesan pulled strings to make space for Sowerby to shoot. He caught it well but it bent late and Iverson was able to watch as it crept wide.

Back at the other end and a combination of Gerrard and Parkes prevented another cross from Miller from causing any problems. It skipped free, two yards from the line, but a hooked clearance was enough to relieve the pressure.

Gerrard was needed again when Miller fizzed a delivery for Surridge to fight for in what was a better spell for the hosts. The defender stood his ground and put it behind to safety in the nick of time.

A blocked Sowerby cross brought two corners in quick succession for Jones to deliver and Parkes wasn't too far away with a volley on the run from the second one, with a volley which angled a foot wide of the mark. 

Another great block from Gerrard, came from a Miller snapshot as he tried to make a corner his own, and it brought a close to a first half in which the away side had largely bossed the action.

A poorly guided header from Taylor punctuated a slow start to the second half as he tried to make something of a deep Hunt cross. Oldham sent more men forward but Hunt and Miller failed to find a way through as they came up against a resolute defensive wall. A skewed shot from the latter summed up the frustration as it sailed off into the sunset.

Carlisle bided their time and they doubled their advantage when Hope dropped a shoulder and left two in his wake as he attacked down the right flank. He looked up and saw Nadesan running off his marker, and the pass allowed the forward to pick his spot in emphatic style as he rifled an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net.

An excellent afternoon became a potential walk in the park for the Cumbrians as Hope once again pulled wide to cause havoc. He waited for Sowerby this time, and the midfielder did the rest as he first feinted and then picked his spot to register his first goal for the club.

Oldham, as expected, threw men forward but their end product lacked quality as the visitors won every 50:50 challenge and loose ball.

But they gave themselves a lifeline when Miller found himself with just Collin to beat with 20 minutes left on the clock. He found the corner of the net as the stopper rushed out, and that sparked the disgruntled home crowd into life.

The closing stages became a catalogue of half chances for both sides but excellent defending from the visitors, and a late scooped effort from Surridge, did little to cause any kind of worry as the forward movement employed by the visitors fizzled away to nothing.

Collin was needed late in the day to tip over from a very close range header from substitute Callum Lang, but that was the last of the action as the Blues made it three away wins in a row with another very accomplished 'on the road' display.

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Goals

Oldham Athletic - Miller (69)

Carlisle United - Hope (21), Nadesan (55), Sowerby (57)

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Bookings

Oldham Athletic - Graham (7)

Carlisle United - Jones (48)

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Teams

Oldham Athletic - Iverson, Taylor, Edmundson, Gardner, Baxter, Surridge, I Miller (O'Grady 73), Missilou (Lang 60), Graham (Branger-Egone 60), Hunt, Clarke. Subs - De La Paz, Dummigan, Nepomuceno, Mauoche.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Sowerby (Slater 90), Jones (Campbell 81), Etuhu, Hope, Nadesan (Glendon 81). Subs - Gray, Miller, Adewusi, McCarron.

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Referee - Mr Dean Whitestone

Attendance - 4,730 (679 away fans)

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