After a bizarre game at Port Vale on Saturday, Notts County will be looking to end their four-match winless run at home to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.
Notts deserved to lose the match at Vale Park, very nearly ended up winning it, but had to settle for a point in the end in what was a frantic last five minutes or so.
Port Vale dominated the game, especially in the second half, and if it wasn’t for some wasteful finishing and last ditch defending from some of the Notts players then Vale would likely have won the game comfortably.
However, when Notts took the lead on 87, thanks to Elliott Ward’s first for the club, it looked like Notts were going to pull off a ‘smash and grab’ and return to Nottingham with three points.
It wasn’t to be, just two minutes later Tom Pope got the equaliser, finding space in the box despite Notts having seven defenders on the pitch at that time.
So on to Tuesday, where Notts host an Oldham side with only one win in their last eight games, and who have lost four of their last five.
Oldham will feel aggrieved of their result on Saturday as well; having twice had the lead at Stevenage, they ultimately ended up losing the game 3-2 in the last ten minutes.
And Oldham’s form away from home isn’t too great either. The Latics haven’t won away since mid-September when they 3-0 at Grimsby, but they have conceded a league low of only six goals away from Boundary Park so far this season.
However, they’ve only scored ten times on the road this season too, which comes as a bit of a surprise when you see the list of strikers that they have: Sam Surridge is their top scorer this season with six goals, but they also have Ishmael Miller, Chris O’Grady, and Jonathan Benteke, brother of Christian on their books, with midfielder Jose Baxter a good supplier of goals throughout his career from midfield.
Notts are winless in their last three matches against Oldham, losing 3-0 when the sides last met in 2015, but have won three of the last four meetings at Meadow Lane.
Only Cheltenham are in worse form than Oldham over the last five games, so the Magpies will see this as perfect opportunity to end their unwanted winless run and start climbing the League Two table – another loss and the threat of relegation increases ever more possible.
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