A closer look at this weekend’s Sky Bet League One opponents Oldham Athletic.
- Oldham Athletic v Wigan Athletic Preview.
- David Dunn in charge of Oldham as Interim Manager after the departure of Darren Kelly.
- The hosts have scored in each of their four Sky Bet League One fixtures at SportsDirect.com Park so far this season.
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 26 September 2015, kick off 3.00pm
at SportsDirect.com Park
Gary Caldwell’s Latics will arrive at SportsDirect.com Park looking to maintain their momentum following last Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Fleetwood Town at the DW Stadium, the club’s third straight home victory and third win in the last four matches.
Oldham Athletic ‘Interim Manager’ David Dunn, who has made eight appearances in all competitions this season as a player, has a different task on his hands, as his Latics attempt to win for the first time since their opening home game of the season against Fleetwood in early August.
The hosts currently sit 21st in Sky Bet League One on eight points from eight games, but a victory for them at the weekend could see them rise as high as ninth, such is the close nature of the league table at such an early stage in the season. Victory for Caldwell’s Latics could see them move into fourth spot, dependent on other results.
Last match: Doncaster Rovers (A) 1-1
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It’s been a period of change for Oldham over the last few weeks following the departure of Darren Kelly as manager after their 5-1 home defeat to Peterborough United, with David Dunn taking interim charge of the first team and gearing up for his first home game.
The former Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City midfielder took charge of his first game last weekend, leading Oldham to a 1-1 draw away at Doncaster Rovers, but admitted to Oldham’s official website that his side have a lot more hard work to do.
“Let’s not get too carried away. There is a lot of work to be done but one thing is for sure, we will be doing a lot of work to put things right.”
Dunn has also started to make his mark off the field, bringing full back Richard Eckersley, and Swansea City midfielder Jay Fulton on loan, the latter just too late to make last Saturday’s fixture. Earlier this week Oldham also bolstered their front line, bringing in former Crewe Alexandra, St. Mirren and Motherwell forward Michael Higdon on loan from seventh place Sheffield United.
Oldham are expected to have club captain Liam Kelly back available, with Jake Cassidy still unavailable with a long term injury.
Oldham became the first team to beat Latics at the then JJB Stadium after its opening in August 1999, winning 1-0 on 7 January 2000, but it’s Latics who have the upper hand in the head-to-head statistics, having won seven, drawn one and lost four of the two clubs’ 12 league meetings.
All but one of the 13 meetings have come in the third tier of English football, with Latics also triumphant in the Football League Trophy in January 2001, a 3-2 victory at Boundary Park.
Latics' last visit to then Boundary Park in a competitive fixture came in December 2002, when goals from Nathan Ellington and Jason De Vos helped push their side to a 2-0 victory, the fifth consecutive in Division Two, a run which went on to reach 11 straight league victories.
Former Latics midfielder Darren Sheridan was sent off for Oldham shortly after De Vos doubled the lead.
The victory was part of a 22-game unbeaten run in Division Two, with Latics going on to seal promotion and the league title with 100 points in the 2002-03 campaign.
Around 1,200 tickets have been snapped up by supporters ahead of our first meeting with Oldham since the 2002-03 season, with a pay on the day facility available at the following prices:
The Zen Office Stand (reserved seating behind the goal)
Adults - £22.00
Over 65 years - £12.00
Under 16 years - £10.00
Under 12 years - £5.00
Ambulant - £12.00 or relevant price class (carer pays £12)
Wheelchair - £12.00 or relevant price class (carer free)
Supporters are advised to arrive in plenty of time to avoid queuing when paying on the day.
Disabled supporters are advised to gain access via turnstiles 36-39 from the main car park adjacent to the North Stand which is under development. Parking at the stadium is severely restricted as a result of the ongoing works.
Latics supporters are reminded flares and any kind of pyrotechnic devices are illegal and any supporters found in possession these will be immediately ejected and could face severe repercussions.
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