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📝 Match Preview: Oldham Athletic (A)

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's mat

22 March 2021

Exeter City will be looking to quickly return to winning ways as they make the trip to Boundary Park to face Oldham Athletic in a 7pm kick-off.

The Grecians come into the match on the back of a pair of narrow defeats to Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers and will be looking for three points to put the promotion push back on track.

City take on an Oldham side that are now managed by a familiar face in Keith Curle. The Latics, who sit in 17th place in League Two, picked up an impressive point against in-form Bradford City on Saturday.

The Grecians will certainly be without Joel Randall who suffered an injury after scoring on Saturday.

PIERCE SWEENEY'S THOUGHTS

Ahead of the match, Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney says the Grecians have to focus on the next after losing their last two matches to promotion rivals.

"It's important that we see it as twelve games left and a lot of points to play for." said Pierce."

"We have to take one game at a time and the next game is Oldham, but it's not going to be easy under any circumstances.

"Thankfully you haven't got time to dwell on defeats with the games coming so thick and fast, so it's good for us that we have a game on Tuesday and Saturday, and we are looking to go to Oldham fresh and confident as we are in a good place and we are a good team.

"People may think we are punching above our weight as we didn't make a lot of signing in the summer, and we've got a lot of young players in the squad, but we are a good team and we have to show that on Tuesday." 

HOW TO WATCH

Sadly fans can't be at the match but you can get the next best thing by purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK. The stream includes Exeter City Club commentary score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

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MATCHDAY COVERAGE

As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result.

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THE STADIUM

  • Name: Boundary Park
  • Capacity: 13,513
  • Year opened: 1896
  • Address: Furtherwood Road, Oldham, Lancashire, OL1 2PB

The third highest football stadium in the football league (After the Hawthorns and Vale Park), Boundary Park sits at over 500ft above sea level, but the record it does hold is that being the coldest football ground in the country, earning the nickname “Ice Station Zebra”.

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In 1986, Joe Royle installed an artificial pitch at Boundary Park, to help generate more income and in 1989/90 the Latics had what is regarded as the clubs best ever season, reaching the final of the League Cup and Semi’s of the FA Cup, beating Arsenal, Everton and Villa along the way. When more regulations came in at the start of the 21st century, Oldham were forced to revert back to grass.

The Latics have had several attempts at moving away from Boundary Park including as recently as 2008, however fans rejected the notion as the new stadium had a Manchester postcode rather than one an Oldham one. In 2019, the new owner also realised he does not own the stadium so has also threatened to leave the historic ground.

SEASONS SO FAR

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OLDHAM'S PREVIOUS MATCH

Bradford City 0-0 Oldham Athletic | March 20, 2021

Oldham earned a hard-fought point in their fourth fixture against Bradford City this season.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER

Exeter City 1-2 Oldham Athletic | November 21, 2020

Randell Williams’ opener was cancelled out by George Blackwood’s curling effort and Danny Rowe’s 40-yard piledriver to end City’s 13 game unbeaten run.


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