Both sides came into this League One clash at the sportsdirect.com park in good form and looking to pick up another vital three points to move ever closer to promotion. Oldham began the game just outside the playoff places after Bradford’s win on Monday night, with Swindon well placed in second, just below Bristol City.
Oldham looked much quicker out of the starting blocks, good pressure, passing and pace began to force Swindon into poor mistakes and fouls leading to a couple of early bookings. Oldham continued to press early on and after just 10 minutes a good low cross into the box from loanee Connor Wilkinson was met superbly by midfielder Mike Jones who finished exquisitely past keeper Foderingham giving Oldham a well-deserved lead. And amazingly that lead was doubled just seconds after the restart as poor control from Swindon allowed Wilkinson to be played through 1 on 1 and he finished calmly into the back of the Robins net to put the Latics a surprise two goals ahead.
Swindon looked in complete shock but did respond well after the second goal. Gladwin continually pressuring the Oldham defence as Swindon began to pass around and show why they are second in the league. The visitors could have pulled one back just before half time if it wasn’t for a fantastic save from Jake Kean to deny a good header from Smith.
The second half was much more of a defensive display from the home side, Swindon continued to pass the ball around well and forced Kean into a number of decent saves, but they struggled to find a way past the Oldham shot stopper. Oldham could have made it three mid way into the second half when the ball fell to substitute Murphy who attempted to chip Foderingham only for it to be saved well by the Robins keeper. Oldham were made to pay for the missed chance however, as out of nowhere, Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo hit an audacious shot from outside the box only to see Jake Kean parry it into the back of his own net. Swindon were back in it.
After the goal, the visitors continued to pass around well and press but struggled to break through the firm Oldham defence and the home side managed to see out the game. In the end a great result for Oldham who move back into the play off spots, a set back for Swindon however who remain four points behind leaders Bristol City having played one game more.
|Kean- Good saves and catching to keep Oldham in the game, but did make terrible mistake for the visitors goal.||7.5|
|Mills- Had a great game defensively, held the line well and countered well up the field when needed.||8.0|
|Wilson- Strong in the air and good pressure and tackling throughout.||8.0|
|Wilson- Great defensive play and blocks throughout the game.||8.0|
|Mellis- Calm on the ball and good passing but failed to make a real impact going forward.||7.0|
|Kelly- Fantastic hold up play and passing all game as well as good defensive battling.||8.5|
|Jones- Great battling and passing throughout, as well as a great finish for the first goal.||8.0|
|Winchester- Good passing and control as well as a few good runs forward.||7.5|
|Elokobi- Great defensive play and strength all game.||8.0|
|Forte- Good pace and strength but went missing at times.||7.5|
|Wilkinson- Great run and finish for the goal, and good low cross for the first, but forced to go off injured early on.||7.5|
|Murphy- great effort and running as well as a couple good chances||8.0|
|Philliskirk- ran around a lot with good effort and energy||7.5|
|Foderingham- Numerous very good saves to deny Oldham running away with the game.||8.5|
|Blanco- Committed numerous cynical fouls but good tracking and marking.||7.0|
|Stephens- Good marking and heading as well as calm on the ball.||8.0|
|Turnbull- Couple of mistakes but good in the air and good covering.||7.5|
|Gladwin- Had a really good game, good running and passing as well as great offensive movement.||8.5|
|Kasim- Good touch and passing but a bit inconsistent.||7.5|
|Thompson- Good on the ball and great passing.||7.5|
|Luongo- Good effort for the goal as well as good passing and movement throughout.||8.0|
|Toffolo- Good offensive movement and running all game.||8.0|
|Obika- Didn’t have too much to do but good pressure and closing down.||7.0|
|Smith- Good efforts on gal and great in the air.||7.5|
|Hylton- Ran about a lot and came close through good pressure.||7.5|
|Swift- Calm on the ball and good passing and touch.||7.5|
|Williams- Good on the ball and good first touch and control.||7.5|
Man of the Match
|Kelly- Fantastic hold up play and passing all game as well as good defensive battling. Helped Oldham to a very good win over a Swindon team fighting for automatic promotion.||8.5|