Oldham Athletic 1-1 Notts County

Oldham Athletic and Notts county met in the final game of the Sky bet Football League 1 season at Boundary park in front of a crowd of over 7000 fans. With safety already assured for Oldham, it was Notts County who needed the points most to ensure they remained in League one next season, and with over 3000 travelling fans cheering them on, they did just that.

Safety didn’t come easily for the Magpies however, Oldham looked the better side from the start creating a few good chances testing Bialkowski in the County goal but he saved well. The second half was a much more open half though, with both Crewe and Tranmere winning at half time, County knew they needed a point to escape the drop zone. Although it was the home side who took the lead when a good cross from a free kick just outside the area fell kindly to the head of centre half Adam Lockwood who nodded home well.  From then on County pressed more for the equaliser and were denied on numerous occasions by the Latics keeper, before a good cross in to the box was blocked by the arm of Oldham defender Jonathan Grounds and County had a penalty. Alan Sheehan converted the penalty finely to level the game. As both sides pushed for a winner in this good attacking game, Oldham were reduced to ten men when Adam Lockwood received his second yellow card for a needless tug on the county attacker. County couldn’t make the ten men pay however as Oldham saw out a 1-1 draw to end their campaign ten games unbeaten.

It was jubilation  for the visitors though who celebrated survival on the final day in great style. Both theses teams will meet again in league 1 next year.

Oldham Athletic

Paul Rachubka- Made some fantastic saves to keep it level 8.0
Connor Brown- Another very good performance with very few mistakes 7.5
James Wilson- Looked strong again at centre half even with ten men 7.0
Adam Lockwood- Did well to get up and score the goal but was stupidly sent off 7.0
Jonathan Grounds- Okay display but conceded the penalty with a handball 7.5
Gary Harkins- Some decent crosses but was very lazy when giving away the ball 7.0
Korey Smith- A lot better than mid week with some decent play and passing 7.0
James Wesolowski- Again strong in midfield with some good control and passing 7.5
David Worrall- Looked very quiet and out of place on the wing 6.5
Danny Philliskirk- Didn’t really have any effect on the game, went missing too much 6.5
Jonson Clarke-Harris- A steady performance and had a few chances but not too many key efforts 7.0

Substitutions

 Joel Byrom- Good defensively but quiet 6.5
 James Dayton- Failed to make a real impact 6.5
 Charlie MacDonald- held up the ball well but no clear chances 7.0

Notts County

Bartosz Bialkowski- Made some very good saves from good efforts 8.0
Alan Sheehan- Delivered some good crosses and set pieces and finished the penalty well 7.5
Haydn Hollis- Didn’t look too strong at the back and gave away the ball a lot 6.5
Gary Liddle- Looked okay and held off the strikers well 7.0
Mustapha Dumbuya- Dealt well with the Oldham wingers but allowed a few crosses past 7.0
Jack Grealish- Looked fairly bright throughout but did nothing special 7.0
Curtis Thompson-  Looked very quiet but played a solid game 7.0
Josh Vela- Decent first touch and passing throughout 7.5
Ronan Murray- Played well off the back of the striker with some good passing 7.0
Jamal Cambell Ryce- Looked the best player for county, always dangerous with some good runs and passing 7.5
Jimmy Spencer- Held off the defenders well but had few clear chances 7.0

Substitutions

Callum McGregor- Looked okay but didn’t make a large impact 6.5

Man of the match

Paul Rachubka- Made some great saves to keep the game level as well as good catching and kicking throughout from the Latics keeper 8.0 

 

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