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All Oldham Again – Oldham Athletic Preview

Never has the terrace chant of ‘Can we play you every week?’ rung more true than it does with Rovers and Oldham these days. The two sides meet tomorrow for the fourth time in just over six weeks as Doncaster head to Boundary Park for their latest League One fixture. Rovers come into this game having gone nine league matches unbeaten since their 2-1 capitulation at home to Walsall at the start of October. Admittedly its not been the most gung-ho of charges up the table with two goalless draws in the last three outings but still a run is a run and its lifted Doncaster to sixth in the table.

Oldham are another of the division’s form sides, unbeaten in all competitions for the past month helping them to progress to the third round of the FA Cup at the expense first of Rovers and latterly of Crewe. Two wins and two draws in the league have also helped move them to seventeenth in the table as they edge away from the relegation places. Speaking to the Rovers’ official website Sean O’Driscoll certainly wasn’t keen to underestimate Rovers’ opponents; “It will be difficult; even with the amount of times we’ve outplayed them they have shown what a good side they are. You can’t underestimate them because of their league position, because with a couple of results they can shoot up the table into the top six.”

Rovers will go into this game with Graeme Lee, Jason Price and Gareth Roberts all unavailable. Also likely to be missing are Sean McDaid who suffered an injury against Brighton on Tuesday and Brian Stock who has a back injury at present. However there is a welcome boost with the return to fitness of Kevin Horlock who sat on the bench on Tuesday night but may be called on for this clash particularly as Paul Green looks likely to be used in a full-back role.

Oldham are still without goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi and so former Wales international Mark Crossley is likely to feature in goal for the Latics. The home side will also be without Sean Gregan who is set to have an Achilles operation, and Andy Liddell who also has ankle trouble.

Rovers supporters can pick up tickets at Boundary Park according to Rovers official site, they are priced at £20 for adults, £11 for senior citizens and under 16s and £3 for under 12s.


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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