Oldham Athletic 1- 1 Sheffield United

With both sides safe from relegation yet no chance of promotion  and only two more games left to go, you could almost forgive Oldham And Sheffield Utd if they played out a cautious and boring affair ending in a 0-0 stalemate, but this was not the case! Both sides came out looking like they were fighting for promotion with fantastic effort and determination showed by both teams as well as some great football to.

Oldham started the better of the two sides and opened the scoring on 16 minuets after some good build up play from the blues led to a terrific cross from full back Connor Brown which was nodded in at the back post by Centre half James Wilson. From then on both teams played out a good first half in which both sides had a couple half chances made by good build up play from the midfields. It was the visitors who had the best chance to score however, when Former Oldham talisman Jose Baxter raced through one on one with Rachubka in the Latics goal but he couldn’t slide it under.

The second half was again a good  free flowing, attacking game, with the visitors looking overall the best team. and they were rewarded for their relentless attacks on the 84th Minuet when another former Blue, Substitute Chris porter slid the ball home after a dangerous ball across the six yard box from Blades winger Jamie Murphy. Both sides again had half chances to win the game with good saves being made by both goalkeepers before the final whistle eventually went.  in the end a draw seemed a fair result between these two teams with both sets of fans happy with the performances from their teams. Signs look good for both teams next season though after this great display.

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Oldham Athletic

Paul Rachubka- Made some good key saves when needed as well as decent handling and control throughout 7.0
Connor Brown- Delivered a fantastic cross for the first goal as well as a strong defensive display all game 7.5
James Wilson- Fantastic performance with numerous key tackles and blocks as well as the goal 8.0
Adam Lockwood- Good, strong display, what you expect from a centre half at this level 7.5
David Worrall- Adapted well to a new position, threatened a few times on the overlap but was caught forward on occasions 7.0
Gary Harkins- Didn’t seem his usual self, was kept very quiet by the Blades 6.5
Korey Smith- Made a number of errors in midfield and overall his passing was below average, a real off day 6.5
Joel Byrom- Strong performance at start with some good passing but seemed to drift in and out of the game at times 7.0
James Dayton- Overall Played well with some good runs and crosses but final product was slightly lacking 7.0
Jean-Paul Kissock- Fantastic display in the hole with a good first touch and key passes throughout the game 7.5
Jonson Clarke-Harris- Drifted in and out of the game without doing too much but did win the key flick on’s and had a couple of half chances 7.0

Substitutions

Carl Winchester- Looked good when he came on with some good passing and control 7.0
Charlie MaCdonald- Looked fairly sharp but did miss a great chance to win the game with his head 6.5
Danny Philliskirk- Played well when he came on but wasn’t presented with any clear chances on goal 7.0

Sheffield United

Mark Howard- Made a few good saves and overall kicking and handling was good 7.0
John Brayford- Had a good solid game dealing well with the Blues wingers 7.5
Harry Maguire- Looked strong at the back winning the majority of Arial battles 7.5
Terry Kennedy- Did slip once or twice but overall looked strong 7.0
Kieron Freeman- Again dealt will with the wingers but did get caught up the pitch once or twice 7.0
Ryan Flynn- Had a good solid game without doing too much but looked good with the ball 7.0
Michael Doyle- Very good passer of the ball with good control throughout 7.5
Connor Coady- Looked very calm and comfortable on the ball and bossed the midfield 7.5
Jamie Murphy- Delivered a good cross to assist the goal as well as looking dangerous down the wing throughout 8.0
Stefan Scougall- Was good on the ball with good control but was quiet at times 7.0
Jose Baxter- Always looked dangerous to score as well as some good runs and efforts 7.5

Substitutions

Chris Porter- Came off the bench to score the equalizer 7.5
Ben Davies- Never really got into the game but looked okay 6.5
Billy Paynter- didn’t have chance to do to much or threaten Rachubka 6.5

Man of the Match

James Wilson (Oldham) A fantastic defensive display, bossing the game in the air as well as key tackles and blocks throughout the match to keep it level, as well as scoring a goal too. 8.0

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