After the 2-1 defeat at Barnsley last Saturday, the Lions travel to Oldham (again) on the 9th, looking to add three points to the total tally, before next Thursday’s Southern Final First Leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Oxford United. Matt Chambers from the Oldham Chronicle returns in this edition of ‘The View From The Opposition’…
(NOTE: Most of this is reproduced from the original game – some has been edited!)
Name: Matt Chambers
First Oldham game: As a reporter, Brighton and Hove Albion away on October 24th, 2009.
Greatest moment following Oldham: The expected answer would be the defeat of Liverpool in the FA Cup, but for me, it is the last-minute equaliser at home to Everton in the next round. The noise inside Boundary Park was something else.
The Latics find themselves near the bottom of the league – with all the problems circling the club currently (wage issues etc), is survival the main aim this season?: At the moment, yes. It has been a difficult season for everyone. Two managers, one home win in the league and a huge amount of players used already. Fifth from bottom come early May will do very nicely at this stage.
You have ex-Millwall striker Ricardo Fuller among your ranks this season – how has he been getting on?: He has had a difficult time. More was expected from him, but perhaps the years are starting to catch up a little. He hasn’t been seen on the field since being hauled off after 45 minutes in the poor 1-0 loss at Crewe two weeks ago.
What do you make of Millwall’s season so far? Did you expect them to be near the top of the league?: Budget-wise, you would expect Millwall to be up competing near the top of what is a pretty tame division this season. It looks from this end that there is enough talent and know-how in the squad to take a play-off place.
Who are Oldham’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: Rhys Murphy has returned from a loan spell at Crawley, with the goal-scoring bit between his teeth. He has two in his last pair of appearances and looks sharp, working in tandem with Jake Cassidy up front. At right-back, Cameron Dummigan has been a shining light on loan from Burnley and looks to have a big future in the game.
Likewise, are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: Steve Morison is always good for a goal and never gives defenders a minutes peace. I’ve heard good things about Aiden O’Brien as well – containing his movement will be important.
How do you see the game going?: There has been a lot of speculation concerning David Dunn (Oldham’s manager) this week and he is desperate to get three much-needed points on the board. The key is to cut out the individual errors in defence, which have proven costly of late. It will probably be a tight, tense game.
Score Prediction: Oldham Athletic 1-0 Millwall.
Matt’s Team Prediction: Coleman; Dummigan, B Wilson, Dieng, Lafferty; Poleon, Winchester, Kelly, Jones; Cassidy, Murphy.
Oldham Athletic and Millwall will go again (weather permitting) on Saturday, January 9th at Boundary Park. Kick-off is at 3pm.