Match and Player Review – Fleetwood (H), 26/12/17

In a series of ongoing match and player reviews, Trust Oldham are delighted to team up with our guest contributor Chris Stringer (@stringer_oafc on Twitter) of D3D4Football.com (@d3d4football/https://www.facebook.com/pg/D3D4football/)

Matchday Blog – Fleetwood

Another poor performance from Latics and it’s now 3 games without a win for Oldham. In an uneventful first half, Oldham probably edged the game and Craig Davies could have given the home side the lead but failed to properly connect with his header. Two defensive errors midway through the second half allowed Fleetwood to take a 2-0 lead before a sublime freekick from Kean Bryan brought Oldham back into the game. Despite a spirited last 10 minutes from Latics and a call for a penalty, it finished 2-1 to Fleetwood. My full match report can be found at:

http://d3d4football.com/d3d4-boxing-day-match-reports-game-week-24/

PLAYER RATINGS (OUT OF 10)

Johny Placide – 6. A non-descript performance from Johny Placide, not standing out but certainly no major errors during the game.

Cameron Dummigan – 5. A below par performance, often slowing the game down when breaking forward.

Anthony Gerrard – 6. Not standing out. At times looked a little slow but no major errors from Gerrard. He was eventually replaced by Courtney Duffus after 77 minutes.

Kean Bryan – 5. Despite a superb freekick, Bryan was partly to blame on both goals. Limp passing for the first goal gifted the ball to their winger. For the second goal, though unfortunate that the ball bounced off him to give space to their attacker, he was slow tracking back.

Rob Hunt – 5. Both goals came from down the left wing and was involved in a few defensive mix ups, that cost Oldham the game – most notably on the first goal.

Ousmane Fane – 8. An outstanding performance from the Frenchman, with mazy runs going forwards and a few of his signature crunching tackles as well as some lovely passing.

Dan Gardner – 5. An unusually mediocre performance from Gardner, who has been a consistently strong performer this season. He was replaced by Gevaro Nepomuceno after 63 minutes.

Jack Byrne – 5. A below par performance from Byrne, who had many misplaced passes – one of which cost Oldham the second goal.

Tope Obadeyi – 6. One of the few bright sparks in the game, Obadeyi created a few chances down the left wing and showed his pace when providing cover for Rob Hunt. He was replaced after 75 minutes by Ryan McLaughlin.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway – 6. Stifled by a lack of support from Davies, Holloway struggled to play to his full potential but did well in holding play up and creating space up top.

Craig Davies – 4. A poor game from the striker, who skewed the few chances he got.

Courtney Duffus – 5. Appearing after 77 minutes, he struggled to get going and looked timid when challenging for the ball.

Gevaro Nepomuceno – 6. He had a quiet game after coming on in the 63rd minute.

Ryan McLaughlin – 6. Another substitute who had a quiet performance.

Richie Wellens – 5. Tactically, it was pleasing to see Oldham return to a 4-4-2 performance but without a natural right winger the team lacked width. The long ball tactic clearly didn’t work and with the quality of passing in the team, the team would have been better suited to the short passing usually seen. A bad day at the office for Wellens.

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