Latics captain Dan Gardner scored a penalty to rescue Oldham Athletic a point away at Forest Green Rovers after Reuben Reid put the hosts ahead.

Forest Green Rovers took the lead when a slip from young defender Sam Graham reached former Oldham Athletic striker Reuben Reid, who placed his shot into the bottom right-hand corner of Daniel Iversen’s goal.

After weathering the storm, Latics snatched a much needed point. Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper Sanchez brought down Jose Baxter in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Captain Dan Gardner confident led by example as he dispatched the penalty.

Although, the hosts did have the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside as Latics managed to hold on for their first point of the season.

Player ratings:

Daniel Iversen, Goalkeeper – 8/10

Leicester City loanee Daniel Iversen showed his quality for Latics in the second half, making numerous vital saves. Firstly, the Danish shot stopper was called into action as he flew to his left to save brilliantly to deny Reece Brown.

Following this, a cross came low into the Oldham penalty box to former Oldham Athletic midfielder Carl Winchester but Iversen spread himself, similar to another famous Danish goalkeeper.

Tom Hamer, Right-Back – 6/10

The highly-rated young full-back had a quiet game but remained solid and composed throughout.

Sam Graham, Centre-Back – 5/10

The Sheffield United loanee struggled to cope with former Oldham Athletic striker Rebuen Reid and his slip led to Reid placing his shot into the bottom right-hand corner of Daniel Iversen’s goal.

George Edmundson, Centre-Back – 6/10

Edmundson didn’t have the most spectacular game but reminded strong to keep Forest Green Rovers out in the second half.

Rob Hunt, Left Back – 6/10

The versatile defender managed to keep Forest Green Rovers winger George Williams quiet throughout the game and offer Latics something going forwards as well.

Gevaro Nepomuceno, Right Midfield – 5/10

The Curaçaoan had a very quiet game and didn’t offer much for Latics. His crossing, which is normally very impressive, was below par and every cross ended up in the hands of Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper Robert Sanchez’s hands.

Christopher Missilou, Centre-Midfield – 6/10

The tireless midfielder managed to break up play well and he was missed when substituted on the 56th minute. When he departed the field, it allowed former Oldham Athletic midfielder Carl Winchester freedom to drive at the Latics defence and cause problems.

Dan Gardner (C), Centre-Midfield – 8/10

The captain led by example today, work tirelessly for the team and showed an abundance of passion. After, Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper Sanchez brought down Jose Baxter in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Gardner confident stepped as he dispatched the penalty to rescue a point for Latics.

Johan Branger-Engone, Left Midfield – 5/10

Like Nepomuceno, he had a very quiet game and didn’t offer much for Latics going forward or defensively. He failed to create anything and struggled to get into the game.

Giles Coke, Centre Attacking Midfield – 4/10

A passenger. Yet again, he failed to make any contribution to the game and was substituted after 45th minutes.

Chris O’Grady, Striker – 5/10

The experienced striker didn’t offer Latics much, he failed to hold the ball up for team mates and didn’t get himself in the right attacking positions, although he was starved with the lack of creativity until Jose Baxter came on.


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