A brace from Sam Surridge, as well as Callum Lang and Mohamed Maouche’s first goals for the club secured a comfortable win for Latics against Bradford City in the Checkatade Trophy.
Frankie Bunn’s starting eleven consisted of De La Paz, Hamer, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Taylor, Maouche, Gardner, Lyden, Lang, O’Grady, Surridge.
Bradford City began the game in promising manner, with Gibson and Seedorf both firing over from early chances, but Latics were able to take a tenth-minute lead.
Mohamed Maouche played it into the box for the dangerous Sam Surridge who played it across to Callum Lang and he finished into the corner with the help of the Bradford player Gibson (0-1).
Bradford City almost equalised immediately as Jack Payne’s corner was met by Nathaniel Knight-Percival, but he could only power his header over the bar.
Following a series of half-chances at both ends, Latics managed to double their lead midway through the first half.
Chris O’Grady beat Richard O’Donnell to the ball deep inside Bradford City’s penalty area before squaring for Maouche to slot home into the corner (0-2).
Early in the second half, Payne delivered a corner that found the header of Kai Bruenker and the German striker powered an effort past De La Paz (1-2).
Latics restored their two-goal advantage after some superb footwork and skill from Chris O’Grady down the left hand-side.
Chris O’Grady turned Thomas Isherwood inside out before producing a fantastic cross onto the head of Sam Surridge who wasn’t going to miss with the header (1-3).
Latics grabbed a fourth of the night, the eye-catching Sam Surridge claiming his second on the night.
The number nine turned away from Riley and Isherwood inside the box before firing low past O’Donnell by his near post (1-4).
— Ste U (@Ste_Uren) October 9, 2018
Latics deserved the win and the scoreline as they get their Checkatrade Trophy campaign off and running.
Here is how Oldham Athletic fans reacted to 4-1 away win at Bradford City –
Great performance Latics.
Sam Surridge Man Of The Match every time he had the ball he looked liking scoring!
We now have a great chance of progressing through, real shame we dont have a game Saturday.
Full Time : Bradford City 1-4 Latics.#oafc
— oafc_topoff (@georgeOAFC1999) October 9, 2018
Dont care this is the checkatrade trophy, to go away from home and score 4 goals is a great reaction to Saturdays performance so full credit to the players #oafc
— philtorfreddie62 (@PhilTor62) October 9, 2018
OK it's only the #BteamTrophy and we are playing a under-strength Bradford side. However after Saturday and with the wages situation seemingly still going on, how we bounced back was always going to be a good barometer of Frankie's motivation skills.
Winning 4-1 = job done #oafc
— Ben Dunbar (@BDDunbar) October 9, 2018