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Match Preview: Oldham Athletic (A)

Seasiders Head To Boundary Park For Bank Holiday Monday Fixture

1 April 2018

Fixture | Oldham Athletic vs Blackpool – Date | Monday 2 April – Venue | Boundary Park

A quick opportunity presents itself for Blackpool to bounce back in Sky Bet League One when The Seasiders travel to Oldham Athletic tomorrow (Monday).

The match is one of seven remaining for Pool who, like the opposition, are aiming to secure divisional safety. 

Last Time Out: 

Two goals from Tommy Rowe helped Doncaster Rovers record a 2-1 victory at Bloomfield Road on Good Friday. The defeat was Blackpool's first at home in 2018 and rendered Colin Daniel's fourth goal of the season a consolation.

Oldham, managed by former Pool midfielder Richie Wellens, tasted defeat at Wigan Athletic, with goals from Will Grigg, James Vaughan and Nick Powell sealing a 3-0 win for the hosts. 

Team News: 

Blackpool look set to welcome back Kyle Vassell for the fixture at Boundary Park, with the nine-goal forward having missed out on Friday with a knock. Kelvin Mellor (ankle ligament damage) remains on the sidelines, though. 

Anthony Gerrard is pushing for a return to the Oldham side after a calf problem ruled him out of action against Wigan. Fellow defender Cameron Dummigan (groin) is out though. 

Betting Odds: 

Oldham Athletic Win - 13/10
Draw - 23/10
Blackpool Win - 21/10 

Previous Meeting: 

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

Bradford City vs Walsall
Charlton Athletic vs Rotherham United
Doncaster Rovers vs AFC Wimbledon
Fleetwood Town vs Bristol Rovers
MK Dons vs Blackburn Rovers
Peterborough United vs Northampton Town
Portsmouth vs Wigan Athletic (5.30pm)
Scunthorpe United vs Plymouth Argyle
Shrewsbury Town vs Oxford United
Southend United vs Gillingham

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Report: Oldham Athletic 2 Blackpool 1

Latics Come Back From Behind To Take All Three Points

2 April 2018

Second-half goals from Jack Byrne and Eoin Doyle saw Oldham Athletic come back from behind to beat Blackpool 2-1 at Boundary Park.

Substitute Byrne stepped off the bench to cancel out Kyle Vassell’s first-half strike, before Eoin Doyle was left unmarked to head in a winner in the 85th minute.

Manager Gary Bowyer made four changes for the game, with Callum Cooke, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Danny Philliskirk and Kyle Vassell coming back into the side. There was also a welcome return for Mark Cullen on the bench.

It was the home side who started the game on the front foot and registered the first attempts on goal. The best of those fell to Eoin Doyle in the sixth minute after Clark Robertson had sliced a near post clearance, however the striker was unable to fully test Joe Lumley.

Jimmy Ryan was presented with a free-kick opportunity when Callum Cooke was pulled back 25-yards-out, though the skipper curled his attempt wide.

Joe Lumley reacted quickly after spilling a strike from Duckens Nazon in the 15th minute to deny Eoin Doyle from close range, while a minute later Kyle Vassell’s strike at the other end was pushed clear of danger.

Eoin Doyle continued to play right on the shoulder for the home side and had a glaring opportunity to score inside the six-yard box. Luckily he couldn’t shift his feet quickly to control the cross into the Blackpool box and fired over.

The Seasiders continued to plug away in the forward areas and made the breakthrough in the 37th minute. Kyle Vassell’s made a near post run to meet a cross from Colin Daniel and fire in his 10th goal of the season.

Half-Time: Oldham Athletic 0 Blackpool 1

The home side almost levelled matters immediately after the restart when Eoin Doyle was left unmarked in the box. Fortunately, the striker sent his glancing header over the bar.

Kyle Vassell made himself some room to shoot from 20-yards out at the other end but saw his strike saved by Johny Placide.

A substitution by Oldham quickly paid dividends with an equaliser, as Jack Byrne found the top corner from just inside the box.

Blackpool’s first change followed in the 70th minute, with Sean Longstaff replacing Callum Cooke. Armand Gnanduillet then joined him on the pitch as a substitute for Kyle Vassell.

The final 15 minutes was becoming a war of attrition on the Boundary Park surface due constant downpours and tired legs on both sides.

One of the fresher players, Jack Byrne, almost grabbed a second for Oldham after a bit of quick movement on the edge of the box. He eventually fired off target.

The Latics did find the target in the 85th minute, though, when Eoin Doyle was left unmarked from a corner to head in from six-yards out.

That goal prompted the return of Mark Cullen following an injury absence since August, with the striker given the closing stages of the encounter to try and help the team find a leveller.

The Seasiders continued to pump the ball forward in an attempt to find that equaliser but Richie Wellens’ side held on for the victory.

Full-Time: Oldham Athletic 2 Blackpool 1

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