We preview the Boxing Day match at Boundary Park by taking a look at Oldham Athletic's campaign so far.
THE SEASON SO FAR
The Latics enter their Boxing Day game with the Iron sitting just above us in the League Two relegation zone on goal difference, as both teams have 16 points for the campaign so far.
They've won four games, drawn four matches and lost 13 fixtures so far this term.
The most recent victory was against high-flying Port Vale at home last month (3-2), while they've also seen off Stevenage there (3-0), and won away at Sutton (2-1) and Rochdale (1-0).
LAST TIME OUT
Oldham fought back from 4-1 down to secure a 5-5 draw in a thrilling contest against League Two leaders Forest Green on December 11th.
The hosts struck early when Davis Keillor-Dunn smashed into the top corner from 30 yards. However, Rovers replied swiftly when Jack Aitchison tucked home from eight yards after meeting Kane Wilson's through-ball.
Rovers went in front when Mathew Stevens played in Jamille Matt, and he neatly slotted in his fourth goal in three games.
Matt then headed home Nicky Cadden's cross just before the interval.
It was 4-1 soon after the restart when Stevens converted another Wilson cross, before Oldham reduced the deficit when substitute Hallam Hope converted Dylan Bahamboula's through-ball.
Keillor-Dunn volleyed home to make it 4-3, before Stevens scored again to make it 5-3.
The goals kept on coming as Oldham sub Jack Stobbs fired in from 20 yards to make it 5-4, before Wilson could only bundle Stobbs' cross into his own net to even the scores again and earn Oldham a point.
THE CARETAKER BOSS
Stepping in since the departure of Keith Curle, youth team manager Selim Benachour joined the club last year, bringing a wide range of experience to Oldham, after having a 16-year playing career which started at Paris Saint-Germain.
Benachour went onto play for a host of clubs which includes Rubin Kazan, Malaga and APOEL. To add to this, he earned himself 44 caps for Tunisia and featured in the 2002 World Cup as well as the 2004 and 2006 African Cup of Nations.
Overall, he made over 250 appearances at senior level throughout his career before retiring.
In 2016, Benachour became the Head Coach at Martigues FC U17’s where he won the Provincial Cup and then came runners-up in the league before moving up to the U19’s. After two-years, he joined Foresta Suceava in Romania as Head Coach and guided the club to a fifth place finish.
Most recently, the former Tunisian international occupied the Technical Director as well Head Coach role at Olympia Grudziadz in Poland’s top division.
Leading marksman with seven goals in all competitions, Davis Keillor-Dunn joined the Latics on a one year deal in August 2020 before an option was triggered.
The creative midfielder’s previous club before Oldham was Wrexham. He joined the Red Dragons in January 2020 and played six times before the season was ended early.
The Sunderland-born midfielder began his senior career in Scotland with Ross County. Whilst with the Staggies, Keillor-Dunn went out on loan to Falkirk where his performances made him a firm fan favourite across the border.
In his first season with Latics, the attack-minded individual scored nine goals in 37 appearances including a stunning last-minute winner against Salford City in January 2021.
He has been involved in all of their league games so far this term, starting 19 and coming on as a substitute in two.
Former Iron skipper Jordan Clarke has made 23 appearances in all competitions so far following his summer switch to Boundary Park.
Meanwhile, fellow ex-Iron defender Harrison McGahey has appeared 16 times since making his debut for the Latics at the end of September.
|NO||NAME||POSITION||AGE||PREVIOUS CLUB||LG APPS (GOALS)|
|1||Jayson Leutwiler||GK||22||Huddersfield||17 (0)|
|2||Jordan Clarke||DF||30||Scunthorpe||17 (0)|
|3||Sam Hart||DF||25||Southend||9 (1)|
|4||Ousseynou Cisse||MF||30||Leyton O||7 (0)|
|5||Harrison McGahey||DF||26||Scunthorpe||12 (0)|
|6||Carl Piergianni||DF||29||Salford||20 (3)|
|7||Nicky Adams||MF||35||Northampton||11 (0)|
|8||Callum Whelan||MF||23||Watford||19 (0)|
|9||Hallam Hope||FW||27||Swindon||20 (2)|
|10||Davis Keillor-Dunn||MF||24||Wrexham||21 (6)|
|11||Zak Dearnley||MF||23||New Mills||12 (0)|
|13||Kacper Danielewicz||GK||-||None||0 (0)|
|14||Dylan Fage||MF||22||Auxerre||10 (0)|
|15||Kyle Jameson||DF||23||AFC Fylde||5 (0)|
|17||Jack Stobbs||MF||24||Grantham||11 (1)|
|18||Jamie Bowden||MF||20||Tottenham (loan)||15 (1)|
|19||Vani Da Silva||FW||-||Bury||3 (0)|
|22||Raphael Diarra||DF||26||Quevilly-Rouen||8 (0)|
|23||Danny Rogers||GK||27||Kilmarnock||2 (0)|
|24||Dylan Bahamboula||MF||26||Tsarsko Selo||17 (3)|
|26||Faysal Bettache||MF||21||QPR (loan)||10 (0)|
|27||Jamie Hopcutt||FW||29||Hapoel Kfar Saba||5 (0)|
|29||Junior Luamba||FW||-||Blackburn||5 (1)|
|44||Alan Sheehan||DF||35||Northampton||6 (0)|