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Oldham vs. Swansea

Boundary Park

12/08/06

3pm

Preview: Oldham vs Swans

For the third time of asking, Swansea are hoping to get thier first win of the season as they travel to Boundary Park to face Oldham.

We got our first point on Tuesday with a well-earned point at Scunthorpe after losing our opening game at hope to Cheltenham.

Vital Quotes:

Oldham boss, John Sheridan:

'I am not too unhappy.'

'We are trying a new system and play a way I feel will get us out of the division.

'I will carry on because I think it will make us a better team. If we get the tempo up I am confident we will start to score goals and get the results we want.

'We should have got something out of both games so far and four points would have been a fair reflection.'


Kenny Jackett:

'It hasn't been a kind start to the season,'

'But we won't be feeling sorry for ourselves because there's no need to.

'There's a great season ahead of us if we can get the whole equation right.

'I'm still looking around the training ground and thinking there are some bloody good players here.

''We're just focusing on trying to get our first win tomorrow.'

Oldham Team News:

Goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi is out because of injury and that'll mean Chris Howarth will come in to replace him.

Chris Porter and Matty Wolfenden are still ruled out with injuries, while Moussa Dabo short of match fitness despite playing in a mid-week reserve game.

Chris Hall and Neil Wood are both expected to shake off minor knocks.

Player to watch: Gary McDonald

Oldham's player to watch according to Vital Oldham is Gary McDonald.

The former Kilmarnock midfielder joined Oldham at the beginning of the season and has started in both games so far this year.

Swansea Team News:

With Garry Monk out for 4-6 months, Jackett has named Darren Pratley as our new captain and I think he's definately the best man for the job. He looked like he controlled the midfield against Cheltenham and looked like a born leader.

Also injured is Andy Robinson, who is sidelined for 2 weeks after damaging ankle ligaments during the Scunthorpe game.

We lost a 3rd player in the same game as Alan Tate misses the next 3 matches after being sent off.

Kevin McLeod is struggling with illness so Butler is likely to start again on the left wing.

Izzy should start despite missing training recently because of sickness and he'll probably be joined by Austin in the centre of defence.

O'Leary is also suffering from illness but with our long list of absentees he could join Pratley again in midfield.

If Kris is unable to play, Jackett could play 3 up front, with Trundle, Knight and Fallon forming our strikeforce.

Player to watch: Leon Knight

The small, pacey striker will cause endless problems for the Latics tomorrow and has scored 1 goal for the Swans this season.

Match Facts & Stats

Oldham have yet to score so far this season and have lost both their games 1-0.

Last season's game at Boundary Park ended in a 1-1 draw, the game at the Liberty Stadium was also a draw - 0-0.

Our last win at Boundary Park was 37 years ago in 1969! We won 1-0. In 18 games since then, we've won 4 of them, drawn 8 and lost 6.

Match Prediction:

I think we'll finally get our first win of the season tomorrow. Oldham are yet to score but that'll probably mean they'll score their first goal(s) against our weak defence!

I think we'll win 2-1.

Remember to predict the score in our Prediction League game at www.pleague.co.uk

Overall
Predictions: 17
Home: 2 (11.76%)
Away: 7 (41.18%)
Draw: 8 (47.06%)

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 19th August:
vs Doncaster (h)
3pm kick off




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The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 11 2006

Time: 1:14PM

Your Comments

c'mon cityy :D ... lets make it the first win of the season !!
swanzea_gal
with the latics yet to score and win in this campaign now is the time to take advantage.
sbrjack
I predicted 2-0 even though our defence is weak they have their reserve goalkeeper in goals respectivly and we could have trunds fallon and knight up front which is a hell of a strike force!!
swanzboichris
1-0 swans win dont matter who scores we need this win
hillo
I actually believe Monk being out of the side will help our defence. Izzy is more than capable of taking control of the back 4, my only worry is that we need someone in the centre of midfield to help Prately. I don't car about the scoreline - we just need the 3 points or the top of the table sides may start creeping away from us.
Goochy
hi folkes, have an interview with the editor of your site on vital oldham, makes interesting reading. should be a good game tomorrow although i think if we r lucky we might scrape a draw as in all honesty we really dont look like scoring at the moment.
laticscarl
 

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