Oldham Athletic dug deep to earn themselves a League Two draw after Mansfield Town dominated the contest.
Frankie Bunn’s starting eleven consisted of Iversen, Hunt, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Taylor, Dummigan, Gardner, Missilou, Lang, Miller, O’Grady. Yet again, Jose Baxter was left on the bench despite being Latics most creative player.
Mansfield Town dominated the game, creating a number of chances but failed to find a finish on the night just four days after hitting four past Northampton Town at the One Call stadium.
Mansfield Town started bright under the floodlights as Danny Rose won a foul 30 yards from goal. The resulting set-piece was almost turned in via an Oldham head, but goalkeeper Daniel Iversen was on hand to smartly tip it around the post.
Danny Rose then managed flicked a ball into the path of Nottingham Forest loanee Tyler Walker, but the forward hit his effort horribly wide in a promising position.
The impressive Daniel Iversen then made three excellent saves to twice deny powerful near-post shots from Hamilton, coming in from the right, and a powerful Walker effort after Rose had won a loose ball as the half somehow ended goalless.
Latics full-back Rob Hunt ran down the right-flank in Oldham’s first meaningful attack of the evening, but resulted in Bobby Olejnik claiming the attempted cross.
Frankie Bunn decided Latics needed changes at half time with Sam Graham and Jose Baxter introduced from the bench and Latics switched to a 3-5-2 in the second half.
Early in the second half, the visitors at least had a couple of shots as Jose Baxter volleyed over and Rob Hunt shot inches wide.
Picking up where they left off, the home side looked the more dangerous in the opening minutes of the second-half. CJ Hamilton delivered a ball to the back-post which was subsequently volleyed into the side netting by Mal Benning.
Mansfield Town should have taken the three points after Jacob Mellis crossed into Will Atkinson late on, but Atkinson headed wide from just a few yards out.
Experienced striker Chris O’Grady was almost played in by Mansfield Town goalkeeper Olejnik, but the ball wouldn’t sit right for the Latics striker and Mansfield Town managed to recover in time.
— Ste U (@Ste_Uren) October 2, 2018
Here is how Oldham Athletic fans reacted to 0-0 draw away at Mansfield Town –
Shocking, SHOCKING performance! No shape, no fight. O'Grady needs dropping, fucked up 2 sitters in 2 games, Gardner either needs to fuck his flicks off or fuck off. Only positive is that we some how didnt lose!! Iverson got us that point #OAFC
— Dom Weiss (@DomWeiss92) October 2, 2018
played poorly it seems, yet another clean sheet and another point away from home – we'll take that. Our home form is going to be key #oafc
— Jazzy (@itsafarce) October 2, 2018
Daniel Iverson outstanding once again for Oldham V Mansfield away. We got battered 1st half, but Iverson different class. We would have been 3 down without him. #oafc
— Kevin Williams (@WilliamsKevin) October 2, 2018
Absolutely zero progress under this management. Getting worse week by week. #oafc
— Ross Heighway (@RossHeighway) October 2, 2018
Someone call the police, there’s been a robbery in Mansfield #Oafc
— AlexT145 (@T145Alex) October 2, 2018
— Ric Jeffery (@dancingdickie) October 2, 2018
How the fuck did we not lose that ? Awful. Fuckin start Baxter for fucks sake #oafc
— Wingspan Root (@NathannMayall) October 2, 2018
I’m as optimistic as you get but that was fucking bobbins, not intent to attack and first half barely got out of our own half. Got a point and nearly knocked all 3 somehow #oafc
— Danny Taylor (@dan_taylor12) October 2, 2018