Oldham Athletic were forced to settle for a point at home to Bristol Rovers as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Richie Wellens made three changes to the Oldham side that lost 2-1 at home to Fleetwood on Boxing Day, with Peter Clarke, Queensy Menig and Gevaro Nepomuceno coming in for Anthony Gerrard, Craig Davies and Jack Byrne.

It was a slow start to the game for both sides but it was Athletic who had the first chance of the game.

Tope Obadeyi found space 25 yards from goal but his goal-bound effort was blocked by a Bristol Rovers leg.

Minutes later, Gevaro Nepomuceno almost found the top corner with an effort from the edge of the box but goalkeeper Adam Smith had it covered.

Latics were on top and almost went ahead on 18 minutes. Aaron Amadi-Holloway found the onrushing Queensy Menig but he dragged his shot wide from 12 yards.

Cameron Dummigan’s powerful effort from 25 yards out then went narrowly over the bar, before Aaron Ellis Harrison hit an attempt off target for Bristol Rovers at the other end.

 The first half ended with Dan Gardner and Tope Obadeyi each having chances for Oldham, but neither of them could find the net and it remained goalless at the break.

It was a terrible start to the second half for Oldham as they conceded just a few minutes after the restart. Bodin broke clear of the Latics defence and despite Johny Placide’s best efforts to get to the ball first, Bodin lobbed over him and into the net to make it 1-0.

Wellens brought on Byrne and Ryan Flynn just before the hour mark as he looked to get his side back in it, and Byrne almost made an immediate impact when he forced a save out of Adam Smith.

Bristol Rovers had a golden opportunity to double their lead when Ryan Sweeney got on the end of a cross, but somehow he headed wide from five yards out.

Wellens made a final change and brought Davies into the action on 67 minutes and he was presented with a great chance to equalise four minutes after his introduction.

Midfielder Flynn was upended in the penalty area and that allowed Davies the chance to score from 12 yards.

He missed his initial spot kick but followed in the rebound to draw Latics level with 20 minutes still left to play (1-1).

The momentum was with Latics and they will still wonder how they did not take the lead on 78 minutes.

After shouts for a penalty on Clarke were ignored, the ball bounced around in the box, eventually falling to Holloway whose fierce strike was well saved by Smith in the Rovers goal.

Latics were throwing everything in a bid to get a result from the game. Obadeyi again saw a shot flash wide of the far post on 85 minutes, whilst in the first minute of additional time, Bryan fired over the crossbar.

Oldham threw plenty of bodies forward during the closing stages but couldn’t find a winner, with the match finishing 1-1.

Goals: Oldham Athletic (Davies 72’) 1-1 Bristol Rovers (Bodin 48’)

Attendance: 3,928 (356 visiting supporters)

Line Ups-

Oldham – Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt, Gardner (67′), Fane, Menig (57′), Obadeyi, Nepomuceno (57′), Holloway.

SubsWilson, Gerrard, Green, Maouche, Flynn (57′), Byrne (57′), Davies (67′).

Bristol Rovers – Smith, Brown, Lockyer, Sweeney, Sercombe, Clarke, Harrison (76’), Bodin, Bola, Partington (76’), Sinclair.

SubsSlocombe, Lines, Telford, Moore, Menayese, Nichols (76′), Gaffney (76′).

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