Date: 8th January 2021 at 10:55am
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Written by billythekid

The Cherries take a break from their league programme after their hard-fought three points win at Stoke. Next game is also away from Dean Court, this time up North to Oldham and their ground at Boundary Park. This game is the Third Round of the FA Cup against Oldham Athletic (the Latics) of League 2.

Oldham manager is the Australian Harry Kewell who has played for both Leeds United and Liverpool during his playing career and also represented his country. He joined Oldham in August last year, he had previously managed Notts County and before that Crawley Town. Oldham Athletic are in 14th place in the table.

The Latics reached the second round of the FA Cup with a win over National League South side Hampton and Richmond 2-3 and in the next round they were again away from home against League 2 side Bradford City, Oldham ran out 1-2 victors to enter into the third round.

The last time our club played them on their ground was in March 2013 in League 1. This was the second game in AFCBโ€™s eight game-winning run out of the last nine games of the season, the last game ended in a draw. AFCB beat the Latics by the only goal of the game scored by Brett Pitman with his 12th goal of the season. Previous to that winning run AFCB had lost five in a row. The Cherries finished in the second automatic spot behind the Champions Doncaster Rovers and were promoted up into the Championship. Going the other way out of League 1 and into League 2 were Portsmouth, this was the time of our rise up the leagues and Pompeyโ€™s slide down from the Premier League, how fortunes change in football.

The only other time we have met Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup was way back on the 11th December 1954 and we were home and 1-0 winners, the scorer Allen in front of a crowd of 13,402. In the third round at home we lost to WBA 0-1 in front of 22,794.
In all our matches with them home and away AFCB have W 22, D 16, L 15.

AFCB v Oldham

AFCB Win

AFCB Win

Draw

Draw

Oldham Win

Oldham Win

Oldham Team News
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Alfie McCalmont are slight doubts.

Oldham Player To Watch
Danny Rowe has scored in both their cup wins and has scored 4 in the league in 8 starts with 3 assists and is just back after injury. Leading scorer with 9 goals is midfielder Conor McAleny. Dylan Bahamboula has the most assists with 7.

AFCB Team News
This could be the game where Arnaut Danjuma gets a run out after his injury. JT will probably rest a number of those who have been playing recently and give some of those a start who has been on the bench or on the fringe.

AFCB Player To Watch
Sam Surridge should get a start and try and make his mark on the game. When Sam was on loan at Oldham he scored one (penalty) of Oldhamโ€™s two goals to knock Fulham out of the FA Cup in the third round on the 6th January 2019 at Craven Cottage. Also, any returning from injury who get a start see how they hold up after missing a number of games.

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kirsikka wrote…

I’m looking forward to (hopefully) see all of these get a start:

Zemura
Oforborh
Anthony
Kilkenny

All four have, at some point, shown they have something about them. The chances of displacing a bigger name seem small though, without getting some competitive 90s where they make a real difference.

I know it’s hard to do that in a team that has never played together. Sometimes you have to make your own luck though. – Click here, join the conversation.

 
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