Trust Oldham Match and Player Reviews

I wrote for Trust Oldham during the 2016/17 football season following the success of my Post-Match Verdict series. Here, I offered a brief report of the game, and rated each player’s performance.

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All articles were published on, with a link to the Post-Match Verdict blogs. [Note – this blog was previously named]

Match and Player Review – Peterborough (H) 24/01/17

“So that’s two home wins out of two since John Sheridan returned to Boundary Park two weeks ago. This time, goals from Paul Green and Ryan McLaughlin gave Sheridan’s men a deserved victory against Peterborough in front of over 7,000 fans. For once, matchday at Latics felt like what a night at the football should be.”


Match and Player Review – Coventry (H), 11/02/17

“The ‘Shezurection’ is well and truly on, as Latics moved out of the relegation zone with an entertaining victory over bottom side Coventry City. John Sheridan’s men were probably second best over the course of the ninety minutes, but took their chances to grind out a crucial three points.”


Match and Player Review – Charlton (H), 14/02/17

“For me, Erwin looked low on confidence. I was one of his biggest critics under Steve Robinson, but Sheridan seems to have given him strict instructions to stay upfront as a target man which plays to his strengths and will only improve him. If he cuts out the aimless running with the ball that made him so frustrating to watch in the first half of the season, and plays it simple, he could be an effective back-up to Holloway.”


Match and Player Review – Millwall (H), 25/02/17

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ending to a game like this one, and I’ve not celebrated a draw like that since Matt Smith equalised against Everton in the cup back in 2013. Connor Ripley was the hero this time, saving two Lee Gregory penalties in the 89th and 94th minute to secure a point for Latics after what was a pretty poor game against Millwall.”


Match and Player Review – Bury (H), 11/03/17

“With tough fixtures coming up, I’m starting to look at various run-ins to see where we can gain an advantage over the teams around us. Port Vale’s three games in hand is a worry, but they’ve still got to pick up points from those. It’s looking like the fourth relegation spot will be taken by either Vale, Bury or Latics, and of those three Oldham have the trickiest set of fixtures.”


Match and Player Review – Sheffield Utd (H), 25/03/17

“Overall Latics would have taken a point and might have nicked the win on another day. It’s credit to them that Sheffield United were made to look average despite top scorer Billy Sharp scoring the same amount of goals as the entire Latics team before the game. The Blades will go up, but they weren’t anything special on Saturday.”


Match and Player Review – Bolton W (H), 15/04/17

“At the back, young Jamie Stott was thrown into the starting line-up after an injury to Anthony Gerrard. It might have been his professional debut, but Stott looked like he’d been playing League One football for years. The defence has been solid all season, and with Stott and George Edmundson in reserve the future looks bright.”


Match and Player Review – Rochdale (H), 22/04/17

“After the break, the atmosphere was building as Latics were much improved. Just as Rochdale fans were celebrating a move into the play-off places as results stood, Oldham got their reward when Jamie Stott delivered a perfect free-kick to Peter Clarke who made no mistake to nod past Logan and silence the visiting support.”


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