After two consecutive 0-0 draws, Latics went into the home clash with Swindon hoping to build on their solid defence with an attacking improvement. Instead, Stephen Robinson’s team produced a thoroughly underwhelming performance absent of any game plan or desire, as visitors Swindon ran out deserved 2-0 winners.
Before the match, I interviewed Swindon fan Gary for the matchday programme (below). Now, with the help of fellow Robins supporter ‘Lazaat’ (also from Swindon-Mad.net), I look at the key talking points of Saturday’s game from Oldham and Swindon perspectives, and where both teams go from here.
Story of the Match:
After a bright start, Swindon took a deserved lead on 18 minutes when Jonathan Obika finished off a fine passing move with a low strike into the bottom corner. From then on, the home side never looked like getting back into the game, aside from a short spell after half time where Peter Clarke really should have equalised with a free header.
That pressure quickly disappeared with a strike from the impressive Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill after the Oldham defence failed to clear one of Swindon’s many attacks. It could have been more for the Robins, too, as Latics ‘keeper Connor Ripley made a number of good saves, including a point blank stop from a bullet Obika header.
In truth, Oldham made Swindon’s win much easier than it should have been. However, the Robins were impressive and clinical throughout and will feel they should have had more.
How did the teams perform?
In short, Oldham didn’t turn up to this one. From the start it was clear the game plan was to allow Swindon to play, but there was no desire to attack on the rare occasions the home side won the ball back, with Latics instead resorting to aimless long balls.
Swindon on the other hand moved the ball around well, and didn’t look like a side who had lost three in a row. The Robin’s first goal capped a fine passing move, although there was never any attempt from Oldham to close down the ball in the play leading up to Obika’s finish.
Lazaat says: “As we had lost our previous 3 games it was very pleasing to get the 3 points today, especially as Boundary Park is somewhere where we usually get beaten, in all my visits there watching Swindon this is the first time I have seen us come away with all the points!
I have to be honest and say Oldham looked a very poor team today and apart from the first 10 minutes of the second half I didn’t think you troubled us.”
Who stood out for both teams?
Both Swindon goalscorers played well, while midfielder Yaser Kasim and forward John Goddard controlled the play and captain Nathan Thompson led by example.
For Oldham, only goalkeeper Connor Ripley deserves a mention for positive reasons. The Middlesbrough loanee made three or four impressive saves to keep the score at 2-0.
Lazaat says: “Our captain Nathan Thompson will just get the nod for Man of the Match as he was superb in defence and continually ran out of defence with the ball and set up lots of attacks.”
Oldham go back to the drawing board, with a need for a goalscorer to quickly emerge more evident than ever. Marc Klok and Ollie Banks were lightweight in midfield, so Cameron Dummigan, Ousmane Fane and Ryan Flynn will be hoping to feature in a tough week coming up against Charlton and MK Dons.
For Swindon, a tough midweek fixture against Northampton is followed by a winnable game at Shrewsbury.
Lazaat says: “I’m hoping we can use this result as a springboard and quickly climb the league. We are a very young team and a few defeats can erode their confidence but as you saw today we are a very talented team who like to play football out from the back and keep possession.”
Thanks to Lazaat for his insight, and good luck to Swindon for the rest of the League One season.
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