Other than some nice stuff in the first 15 minutes and a guns ho last 10 Oldham were poor again.
Brentford good value for the win but it's getting quite difficult watching an Oldham side fail to do the basics. Playing with wingers and hoofing it up to Simpson is just diabolical.
Dickov won't make November. He might not make Monday.
Thought the left winger Montano was quality, Outsize head Byrne did well and think you've enough to be safe this season. Dickov looks like a man on the edge, he whinged at the 4th official from the first to the 94th minute.
I'll give Dickov some credit.
When he came to the club he was a breath of fresh air. Cleared out the deadwood and put a young and enthusiastic team together that was on the verge of achieving something two seasons back. It fell apart in January.
Last season January saw cup defeats at Liverpool and Chesterfield somehow beat us in the JPT. we barely won a game after that.
This season we've started at a pedestrian pace, an own goal at Pompey the only win. No disrespect intended, but I don't think we've played any promotion contenders yet.
But we have 8 or 9 decent players. He can't get them playing coherently though. It's 10 months since a two goal win. Less than 3,000 turned up on Tuesday.
Look out for the headline "Oldham chairman axes Dickov".
You might think that I and others are a bit like a broken record when it comes to Donaldson but the fact is we Will not get promoted with strikers who flagrantly miss so many good chances. It is not all Donaldsons fault , I fully hold Rosler to account in constantly not getting us enough striker options. Other clubs have 4/5/6 strikers we as usual have too few. Currently CD seems to be the only one match fit and that Is not good enough.
In addition all the bollocks I read about "if CD could score his chances he wouldn't be playing in L1" is exactly that ie bollocks. Good Premier league striker score against good Premier league defences. Good championship strikers score against good championship defences and good L1 strikers should be able to score against good L1 defences. If you constantly miss decent chances you are a poor striker . Full stop.
This isn't a witch hunt against Donaldson it is comment about the area of the team that is under performing to such an extent it will seriously harm our promotions prospects.
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without adding to or changing our strike force, we won't gain promotion. We need more gaols. Goals win matches. Goals take pressure off defence. Goals dictate the ways the losing team plays. Currently there's a lack of them. And NO lack of created opportunities.
It astonishes me how CD, despite being a good player, is still being picked to start. I find it flabbergasting.
Yes, we do need the striker;'s equiv of a Forwshaw or Bidwell.
Am so glad Ronnie Simpson is with Oldham and not us. Duh Duh Duh Duh ....useless springs to mind.
Mick, excellent report as usual
we are mid-table which is where we were under foz and as. and less passion than under ma.
the jury must still be out until we see a run of positive results and make our move up the table and occupy places 4/5/6 for two or three months.
i would also suggest that our expanded marketing department, new players and our improved style of play hasn't translated into larger crowds so far.
we need 6,000 home crowds at a minimum on decent weather days to come anywhere near to justification of our weekly outgoings. ideally 8-10,000.
Where you in attendance blunstone as I noted you commenting on the beesworld commentary?
In regard to what jtofbfc said, yes Clayton misses chances but we look impotent when he isn't on the pitch
Blunstone, leave the financials to those tasked with running the club, you don't know what we need, it's not a PR company do stop trying to apply your logic to it.
Even if we go top 6 we won't see huge changes in crowds in this division because very little away support as big clubs missing and the attractive games have largely been allocated Tuesdays.
We need to get up and move before we see massive changes, like Reading and Brighton and the football is going in the right direction. We can't afford to buy success, the board believe UR is the best man to deliver and off the top of my head I can't think of anybody else we could realistically attract who could combine good football with better results within the first 8 games of the season.
Good from about the 20th minute to the 80th, but took us a while to get into it, and we were too defensive at the end. Substitutions were a bit strange, though Fredericks' pace was a bonus - but we had no-one to take the chances he created
He has fixed views and concerns and nothing will get him to accept opposing perspectives.
It is his prerogative and it is not worth debating with him.
If and when this club and team finally achieves something I wonder if he will change his tone.
My take is we have a very young, inexperienced but talented squad that are still learning to play as a team but moving the club in the right direction. We're on the edge of the play offs with 1/6 of the season gone and with 2/3 forwards still not 100% match fit and with the consensus that we haven't even started playing to our full potential.
Best chance of doing something in years and yet some suggest we need to be considering changes?