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27 February 2021 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: United wrap the month up at home

Oldham Athletic are the visitors

26 February 2021

It's a second home outing of the week for the Blues as they face Oldham Athletic here at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon.

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This is the third time we've met this season, with the Latics running out as 3-0 victors in our September Carabao Cup tie. 

But the hosts needed a late Zak Dearnley leveller in October when we went to Boundary Park for our league meeting. Aaron Hayden had given the away side the lead just after the break but Oldham struck back to secure a point with just 10 minutes left to go.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

opposition

Oldham have the third highest goal tally in the division with 46 league goals scored, but they also boast the worst defensive record with 53 goals conceded.

They've drawn on just five occasions which means there tends to be a result one way or the other whenever they take to the pitch.

Boss Harry Kewell looked to add a creative edge to his line-up in January with winger Marcus Hilssner joining on-loan for the season from Coventry.

Attacking midfielder Nicky Adams left Northampton to sign an 18-month contract and striker Marcus Barnes also came in from Southampton, having enjoyed a successful trial.

Peterborough playmaker Serhat Tasdemir completed the spike of activity with the Latics pleased with the potent mix they'd concocted come the end of the month.

Last weekend saw them draw away at Tranmere, albeit with Coelho Jombati receiving his marching orders, and Tuesday night brought a frustrating home defeat against Barrow, as Scott Quigley bagged a late, late winner for the visitors after chances had been missed at both ends.

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Conor McAleny is averaging one goal every two games and for that reason alone he's our one to watch.

The creativity spoken about above - we know all about Nicky Adams, for example - is manna from heaven for an attack minded player like McAleny.

He knows the level, and he knows how to get the best out of seemingly tricky situations.

Concentration will be needed when he's on the prowl.

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highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Oldham wins
League 30 20 25
League Cup 2 1 2
FA Cup 1 0 1
Cup 3 1 0
Total 36 22 28

The Latics bagged progression to the second round of the Carabao Cup when we went there in September 2020 at the first stage of that competition. First half goals came from Ben Garrity and Bobby Grant, with Conor McAleny sealing the deal with a late strike.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Oldham 1 – 1 United 18 Jan 2020

Carlisle 1 – 0 Oldham 28 Sep 2019 

Carlisle 6 – 0 Oldham 26 Dec 2018

Oldham 4 – 5 Carlisle 30 August 2016

officials

Referee - Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referee 1 - Peter Gooch
Assistant Referee 2 - Bradley Hall
Fourth Official - Scott Williams
Observer - Michael Pike

Our referee for this game is Mr Carl Boyeson. He has been the man in the middle for 19 games so far this season showing 69 yellow cards and no reds.

This is the second time in this campaign that Mr Boyeson has been in charge of these two teams when they've played against each other. He was at Boundary Park in September for the Carabao Cup game (highlights above) where Nick Anderton, Aaron Hayden and Rod McDonald all went in the book.

A regular for Carlisle United fixtures, we saw him just once in 2019/20. That was for the August 2019 visit of Mansfield when Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard put the visitors two goals to the good before the break. That was how the game ended, but it was a day for cards as three of the away side were joined by Byron Webster for United with yellows to their name.

Season 2018/19 put him in charge of our games on three different occasions. He was the man in the middle for our 3-0 away defeat at Stevenage in April - a day which also saw Gary Miller and Tom Parkes go in the book.

Prior to that he was our match referee in January when he took charge of the home game against Cheltenham. Early second half goals from Jamie Devitt and Hallam Hope bagged us the victory, and there were no United names taken on the day.

Also, in November 2018, he officiated for our home game against Forest Green in November. Ben Morris and Carl Winchester had given the visitors a two-goal cushion, but a late Jamie Devitt penalty turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as Rovers claimed their victory. Anthony Gerrard was the only Carlisle name to be logged.

Think back a little further and he was in charge of a game that turned into a thriller for all the wrong reasons when we made the trip to face Wycombe in February 2018. A horrible first half saw the Blues go two goals behind as Matt Bloomfield and Luke O'Nien bagged quickfire goals either side of the half hour mark.

The tide changed at the start of the second half when O'Nien was sent off, and a penalty from Danny Grainger brought United right back into the game. Jamie Devitt and Cole Stockton turned it well and truly on its head, and the visitors appeared to have secured the three points as the clock ticked in to time added on.

That was when the world fell apart for the Cumbrians as Marcus Bean and Paris Cowan-Hall pounced within seconds of each other to leave the away side pondering what might have been. 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 3 Oldham

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

27 February 2021

United's gruelling schedule continued with a kick off in the Saturday afternoon sunshine as Oldham made the short trip up north.

The hosts were unchanged from their midweek game against Tranmere, with Josh Kayode once more leading the line.

United had the bright winter sun on their backs as they attacked the Waterworks End and they threw the first jab when a long kick found Patrick on the challenge. He rolled his man and worked his way into the box but Borthwick-Jackson made an important block as the shot came in.

A free kick from deep from Guy followed and Hayden was in space at the far post. He nodded it down, and Kayode chested it into his control before pulling the trigger. Lawlor saw it late but he threw a hand up to tip it over the bar.

It was a good start from the home side and they worked a way through again when Riley took a quick free kick. It was shepherded out for a throw, and Kayode delivered for Hayden to flick. That had just too much on it and the Latics were able to clear their lines.

Patrick and Toure worked a one-two on the halfway line, with the latter breaking through, and Tanner took over as he came from deep. He dropped his shoulder once, then twice, but he slipped just as he was about to take the pop.

A tug on Kayode by Clarke earned the home side a free kick, close to the right hand corner flag, and a low delivery from Guy was almost perfect for Mellish. He swung a boot at it but it bounced away from his attempted connection. 

The clearence brought a throw from Kayode which found its way to Toure, but his header at the target hit Borthwick-Jackson and spun harmlessly away.

Keillor-Dunne fired Oldham's first shot in anger on 20 minutes when he got onto a long ball from Clarke. He turned back inside Guy but his shot was too high.

Tanner was timely with a clearance as Adams sprung an attack with a pass to Keillor-Dunne. He tried to find McAleny, but the right back moved swiftly to prevent the shot.

Lawlor needed good hands when a Hayden header from a Guy corner bulleted his way, and the Latics responded with a run down the right flank from Bahamboula. His cross was met by Keillor-Dunn but the header rose high.

It was an excellently executed volley from Josh Kayode that gave the Cumbrians the lead as Guy swung a smooth corner into the mix. The big forward went for the scissor-kick approach and Lawlor had no chance as it buried itself in his bottom corner.

Hilssner and McAleny had shots from range that Farmer had covered as the Latics looked to get back into it, and Riley blazed one over at the other end after a winding run from Toure, with Carlisle looking good for their lead heading into the half time break.

Oldham changed to a 3-5-2 formation with Piergianni and Blackwood on for McAleny and Diarra after the break, and they tested the target with a free kick on the right wing which was whipped at the nets. Farman closed his body to make the save.

Carlisle responded with a run from Toure which took him past Adams. His cross was angling at Patrick until Clarke guided it behind to safety.

Toure slashed a volley over the bar as Guy, Riley and Bennett worked a way through the heart of the defence with Carlisle still on top. It came to the big forward but he couldn't keep it down.

Farman scampered off his line to gather a through ball as Keillor-Dunn stretched himself to get on the end of it, but there was a potential blow for the Blues when Guy caught his foot on the turf as he tried to make an interception. He needed treatment, and there was relief when he signalled that he could carry on.

It was Guy who sent another teasing corner onto the penalty spot and Mellish and Anderton kept it alive. The red and white stripes did enough to stop the shot from coming in.

The long throw from Kayode was still a threat and a half clearance from one such launch sat up for Guy to strike. It flashed past Toure, who couldn't get a touch, and it zipped past the post.

Oldham had their fair share of dead ball situations without managing to create anything of note, through a spell where they saw plenty of the possession, but they were awarded a penalty on 70 minutes when a cross from Adams caught Bennett on the arm.

There was hesitation, but referee Carl Boyeson eventually pointed at the spot. Marcel Hilssner stroked it into the bottom corner.

It got worse for the home side just six minutes later when Blackwood burst clear to cross. It was collected by Bahamboula and he worked a yard of space before clipping it into the net.

United tried to regroup and Riley had a 30-yarder deflected wide for a corner kick. Hayden then nodded behind from the corner, and Farman was needed at the other end when Grant found a way round the wall with a 22-yard free kick.

His full length save was put behind for a corner, and Adams put that on Piergianni's head. He made no mistake with a crunching finish.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Kayode (35)

Oldham Athletic - Hilssner (71 pen), Bahamboula (78), Piergianni (86)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Tanner (70), Anderton (85)

Oldham Athletic - Diarra (32)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Farman, Tanner, Hayden, Bennett, Anderton (c), Riley (Alessandra 87), Mellish, Guy, Toure (Zanzala 81), Kayode, Patrick (Dickenson 68). Subs - Norman (gk), McDonald, Furman, Scott.

Oldham Athletic - Lawlor, Clarke, Borthwick-Jackson (Jameson 69), Keillor-Dunn, Grant, McAleny (Blackwood 46), Hilssner (Fage 76), Diarra (Piergianni 46) , Adams (c), Bahamboula, McCalmont. Subs - Bilboe (gk), Whelan, Vaughan.

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Match officials

Referee - Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referee 1 - Peter Gooch
Assistant Referee 2 - Bradley Hall
Fourth Official - Scott Williams
Observer - Michael Pike

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Attendance - BCD

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