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Preview: Oldham Athletic (h)

12 March 2019

Lincoln City will be looking to add to make it 14 unbeaten in the league with a win against Oldham Ahtletic this evening.

The Imps go into tonight’s game off the back of a 1-0 home win against Yeovil last Friday.

Mark O’Hara scored his first goal in a Lincoln shirt following his arrival on loan from Peterborough in January. 

The midfielder towered above the Yeovil defence to head home City’s winner in the 69th minute.

Lincoln go into tonight’s game with a two-point advantage over second place Bury, as well as having a game in hand over the Shakers.

 

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Oldham’s last win came against Yeovil Town on 12 February when Paul Scholes took charge of the Latics for the first time.

Former Everton youngster Jose Baxter opened the scoring five minutes into first half added time.

Star striker Callum Lang added a second for Oldham six minutes into the second half before Yeovil found the back of net in the 54th minute through Bevis Mugabi. 

With the score at 2-1, Mohamed Maouche added a third for Scholes’ side in the 88th minute. 

However, the scoring didn’t stop there with Christopher Missilou scoring a fourth goal for The Latics one minute before full-time.

The Latics travelled to Cambridge United last Saturday taking the lead after just 12 minutes thanks to a Harrison Dunk own-goal.

However, after just one minute of play in the second half, Jevani Brown scored United’s equaliser.

Last six league games: WDLLDD

League position: 13th       

Assistant Manager Comments

The Latics head to Lincolnshire hoping for a return to form after failing to pick up a win in their last five games.

Assistant manager Mick Priest believes his side will face a tough challenge tonight at Sincil Bank.

“We've just got to try and play our game. We know we're going to be in for a tough game with them, they're physical like most of the teams in the league but they do it better than most teams in the league with just a little bit of quality,” said the former Fulham coach.

"So, we know what we're up against. If we turn up and we're expecting anything less than a tough game we're going to have some problems.

"We've got some good footballers in the squad, so I think we have to play football. There's no way when you look throughout the squad we are ever going to dominate teams physically. We'll compete physically, but I don't think we've got a squad who will dominate. 

"I think we have to do we have been doing in training, do what we've done in flashes in games and for portions of games, where we have dominated the ball and we've made some teams look average against us but we've got to tighten up on the other side of things.

"We want to play football and there's no such thing as playing football the right way but we want to play a certain style of football that's which is aggressive with the ball and aggressive without it."

Previous Meetings

The previous meeting which will stick out in any Lincoln fan’s mind is the 3-2 FA Cup second round win in December 2016.

Theo Robinson was on fire for City scoring a brace with Terry Hawkridge also finding the back of the net for Lincoln.

Peter Clarke and Billy McKay scored to give Oldham some late hope, but they could not find an equaliser.

 

The Imps were second in the National League at the time, and were rewarded with a third-round tie away to Ipswich, some may say that the rest is history.

The pair last met in the league in November 2018 when the Imps travelled to Oldham on a Tuesday night. 

Ishmael Miller saw red late in the first half with Mohamed Maouche scoring for the Latics in the 49th minute

However, Michael O’Connor was the hero for Lincoln scoring their equaliser in the 54th minute.

One to Watch – Callum Lang

20-year-old forward Callum Lang has been the star man for Oldham this season following Sam Surridge’s return to Bournemouth in January.

Lang is currently on loan at Oldham from Wigan Athletic after spending the 2017/18 season with Morcambe on loan.

During his time at the Globe Arena, the former Liverpool youngster scored 10 league goals in 30 games.

 

This season has seen the 20-year-old show similar form scoring 11 goals in all competitions with eight goals coming in the league.

Lang’s last goal came against Bury in a 3-1 defeat at the end of February.


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