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25 July 2016

Latics' Championship preparations continue at Oldham.

  • Latics set for penultimate pre-season friendly at Oldham Athletic.
  • Gary Caldwell hoping for response following 4-1 defeat to Rochdale on Saturday.
  • Latics to face Oldham again in EFL Cup Round One next month.
  • Live audio on Latics PlayerHD, live text updates on Latics Wall.

Pre-Season Friendly
Oldham Athletic v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 26 July 2016, kick off 7.30pm
at Park


Latics were dealt a disappointing defeat leading into Tuesday's friendly against Oldham Athletic after losing 4-1 to Rochdale on Saturday, but the hosts arrive back at Park with a similar point to prove in pre-season after an away loss against AFC Fylde at the weekend, with former Latics defender Stephen Crainey on the score sheet to give the Coasters the 1-0 win.

It was Oldham's third straight defeat in the build-up to the new campaign, having lost 2-0 at home to Huddersfield Town and 3-1 at home to Preston North End previously.

Saturday's defeat for Latics at Spotland Stadium saw Yanic Wildschut score the team's first goal of pre-season.

The two sides will meet again shortly after the friendly fixture, with Latics drawn away to Oldham in round one of the EFL Cup on Tuesday 9 August.


Latics were still without defenders Craig Morgan and Donervon Daniels, as well as midfielder Emyr Huws on Saturday, who were not risked by Caldwell having picked up slight injuries in previous matches, whilst neither Reece James nor Jason Pearce featured.  Andy Kellett and Kyle Knoyle are Latics' only long-term injuries.

Luke Burke was drafted into the starting XI for the Rochdale clash, earning praise from his manager, as well as providing the assist for Wildschut's goal.

Oldham's team for their defeat to AFC Fylde was as follows: Kettings, Wilson, Burgess (Edmundson 60), Clarke (Stott 84), Reckord (Law 46), Klok (Woodland 60), Flynn (Mantack 66), Banks, Croft (Winchester 46), Cassidy (Erwin 46), Mckay (Glackin 77)


It's been a big turnaround at Oldham during the summer months, with a change of leadership following the departure of John Sheridan to Notts County, as former Bournemouth, Preston North End and Luton Town midfielder Steve Robinson joined the club fresh from his first team coach duties with Northern Ireland at UEFA EURO 2016.

Robinson previously worked at Motherwell under former Latics loanee Ian Baraclough, before his link-up with former Latics midfielder Michael O'Neill at the country who handed him seven caps during his playing career.

The new boss has seen no less than 13 players leave Park so far, with Mike Jones (Carlisle United), David Cornell (Northampton Town), Joel Coleman (Huddersfield Town), Timothee Dieng (Bradford City), Theo Vassell (Walsall), Rhys Turner (Morecambe), James Wilson (Sheffield United), Liam Kelly (Leyton Orient), Dominic Poleon (AFC Wimbledon) and Jonathan Forte (Notts County) all moving to pastures new, whilst Joseph Mills, Jordan Bove and Jack Truelove were all released at the end of last season.

Departures have called for recruitment in numbers, with Ollie Banks (Chesterfield), Peter Clarke (Bury), Marc Klok (Chernomore), Chris Kettings (Crystal Palace), Luke Woodland (Bradford PA) and Josh Law (Motherwell) all joining the club permanently, whilst Latics striker Billy Mckay has linked up on loan, as have Cameron Burgess (Fulham), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough) and Lee Erwin (Leeds United), with Jamie Reckord in on a free transfer following his release from Ross County earlier this year.


Oldham finished 17th in Sky Bet League One in 2015/16, collecting 54 points to finish eight points above the relegation zone.

Three different managers led the team before January was finished, with the latter, Sheridan, steering the team away from early season inconsistencies to win nine of their final 22 games to secure a comfortable league finish.


Oldham proved too tough a nut to crack when Latics met them twice during the Sky Bet League One title winning campaign, with our last visit to Park ending in a 1-1 draw in September 2015.

Poleon's equaliser came after a prolonged period of pressure following the dismissal of Jordan Flores, with the highlight of the game coming from Max Power's right boot as he thumped in from distance to open his Latics account.

The return fixture also ended in a stalemate, with Latics unable to break down Oldham back at the DW Stadium in February this year.

Recent meetings have been successful for Latics though, not losing to Oldham since Boxing Day 2000, when Lee Duxbury and Mark Allott cancelled out Simon Haworth.

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