Oldham Athletic 3-2 Scunthorpe United

Oldham began the game the stronger of the two sides with the majority of possession in the early moments but didn’t really make any chances count. And they were punished on the half our when Iron new boy Rory Fallon, who only signed this week, hit a curling effort destined for the goal before a fantastic save from the Latics keeper Paul Rachubka. However, from the resulting corner Andrew Boyce nodded home unmarked to give the visitors an unexpected lead. The game was level within minuets, however, as a through ball from Oldham Centre midfielder Mike Jones some how made its way through the defence into the path of Forte leaving him one on one with the Iron keeper and he calmly slotted home to level the match. Oldham continued to press on for a second and were denied only by some fantastic acrobatics from Olejnik to deny Kelly what would of been a fantastic long range goal. It was the visitors who went in to half time with the lead though as Rory Fallon reacted quickest to a flick on from Paddy Madden as he turned and shot beautifully into the bottom corner.

Again Oldham came out the stronger of the two teams, and finally made it count when Danny Philliskirk slotted home inside the six yard box after a good driven cross to level the game once again. The comeback was finally complete on 83 minuets when Danny Philliskirk capped off a fine set piece move from the home side with a good header past Olejnik after a fantastic header back across gaol from centre half James Wilson. Overall a good comeback for Oldham, but Scunthorpe will regret time wasting throughout the game. On a lighter note just worth a mention for the Scunthorpe substitute Kee, who kept the home fans entertained throughout the second half with numerous score gestures, and even clapping along to the Oldham songs. Good to see players and fans from different sides having a good hearted laugh, isn’t seen often any more in modern football, credit to him.


Oldham Athletic

Rachubka- Good punching, came out well to claim the ball from crosses, as well as making a great save to deny Fallon. 7.5
Wilson- Looked good both defending and attacking down the wing, great assist for the second goal. 8.0
Wilson- Strong at the back and in the air, especially a fantastic header across goal for Philliskirks second. 7.5
Elokobi- Quiet before being replaced in first half with what looked like a groin injury, big loss for Oldham. 6.0
Mills- Had a quiet game but was rarely threatened by the Iron wingers. 6.5
Jones- Had probably his best game of the season,  great passing throughout as well as good free kicks and a great assist. 8.0
Kelly- Again had a great game in the heart of midfield, controlled the game for Oldham. 8.0
Winchester- Was quiet throughout, didn’t really have chance to do much our make an impact. 7.0
Forte- Also quiet throughout really, went missing a lot however he did score a good goal. 7.0
Wilkinson- Held up the ball well, poor in second half attempted skill over shot of the anger of the fans. 6.5
Poleon- Looked poor in the first half before being replaced at half time. 6.0


Danny Philliskirk- Came on to score 2 as well as holding up the ball well. 8.0
Kusunga- Replaced injured Elokobi, was quiet and had little to do. 7.0
Smith- Had nothing to do really after coming on late. 6.0


Scunthorpe United

Olejnik- Made a number of good saves as well as good kicking throughout. 7.5
O’Neill- Covered and marked Forte well throughout most of the game. 7.0
Boyce- Good header for the goal as well as good strength throughout. 7.5
Brisley- Again quiet but looked okay. 7.0
Williams- Didn’t offer too much but pasted well and good touch. 6.5
Myrie-Williams- Booked for time wasting, offered little down the wing. 6.0
McAllister- Passed okay with good first touch but not much else. 6.5
Bishop- Good passing but poor forward link up. 6.5
Mcsheffrey- Looked quiet, played okay but offered little going forward. 6.5
Madden- Chased everything down, good flick ons and over all play. 7.0
Fallon- Won every flick on brilliantly as well as a great goal. 8.0


Adelakun- Offered little after coming on. 6.0
Kee- Had little to dope in the 5 minuets he was on. 6.0
Sparrow- Only had 10 minuets and failed to make an Impact. 6.0


Man of the Match

Danny Philliskirk- his two match winning goals off the bench 8.0

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