Oldham Athletic 0-0 Gillingham F.C.

Oldham came into the game on the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions and would of been fairly confident of gaining a fourth against a Gillingham side who have conceded nine goals in their last three away league fixtures. It was the home side who started the better of the two after some nervy defending from the Gills allowed Oldham to test the experienced Bywater. Oldham continued to dominate the first half but failed to make use of the possession. The absence of top scorer Forte was beginning to become more and more evident as the game went on. The second half saw much of the same, Oldham with the most possession and chances but again no final product. They did however force two fantastic saves from Stephen Bywater in the Gillingham goal, who its worth noting had a very good game. Gillingham did threaten late on when a game of penalty box pinball almost found its way in before Wilson cleared for Oldham. In the end Oldham will be bitterly disappointed with a draw but it appears a very good point away from home for the Gills.

Oldham Athletic

Paul Rachubka- Made a couple of decent saves but had little to do all game 7.0
Brian Wilson- Good interceptions and vision at the back, looked strong throughout 7.5
James Wilson- Good in the air and strong on the ball as well as a fantastic last ditch tackle to deny McDonald a 1 on 1 7.5
George Elokobi- Looked fantastic on the ball, very calm and defended well throughout 7.5
Joe Mills- Probably his best game since resigning in the summer, looked confident going forward and covered well at the back 7.5
Mike Jones- Fairly quiet but passed well to create a couple of half chances 7.0
Liam Kelly- Despite missing a good chance to break the deadlock, played some fantastic cross field passes and overall play was good 7.0
Carl Winchester- Good first touch and passing, but didn’t quite show his usual attacking flair 7.0
James Dayton- Looked poor and unfit at times, failed the make a real impact on the wing 6.0
Dominic Poleon- Looked fast from the start and showed signs of promise, but went missing too often in the game 6.5
Danny Philliskirk- Had a better game, looked strong on the ball and forced Bywater into a couple of very good saves 7.0

Substitutions

Conor Wilkinson- Looked rather uninterested, and refused to jump for headers 6.0
Rhys Turner- Looked okay after coming on but didn’t make too much of an impact 6.5
Amari Morgan-Smith- Didn’t really have chance to attack or make an impact 6.0

 

Gillingham F.C.

Stephen Bywater- Played very well, made some fantastic saves to keep game level, although kicking was not always very accurate 8.0
Joe Martin- Good link up play down the wing and covered well at back 7.0
John Egan- Nervous at back making a number of errors and poor clearances 6.5
Kortney Hause- Again didn’t have a great game, looked nervy at times 6.5
Callum Davies- Calm under pressure and good decision making at back 7.0
Jermaine McGlashan- Good going forward with pace, showed signs of promise 7.5
Jake Hessenthaler- A frustrating afternoon, looked good on the ball but had no real options at times 7.0
Aaron Morris- Quiet during the game but passed ok with decent control 6.5
Brennan Dickenson- Didn’t get the ball too often, attacked down the wing a bit but was quiet for most of the game 6.5
Bradley Dack- Tried to make things happen going forward but struggled with lack of options at times 7.0
Cody McDonald- Never really got the chance he needed to get the goal 6.5

Substitutions

Josh Pritchard- Looked okay but failed to make a real impact 6.5
Luke Norris- Struggled to get into the game after coming on 6.5
Antonio German- Looked okay but didn’t have the ball to much 6.5

 

Man of the Match

Stephen Bywater (Gillingham) The keeper was forced into a number of saves and dealt with all that Oldham threw at him. Well worth the clean sheet.
8.0

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