Safety in sight for Oldham as Shezzerection catches fire

Reporter: Jack Walton
Date published: 10 February 2022

Oldham can climb out of the relegation spaces if they make it three wins on the bounce in this weekend’s game against Newport County.

To have uttered those words, even a week ago, would have been pretty much unthinkable.

However, this will be by far the biggest test for John Sheridan’s revitalised side.

The promotion pushing Welsh outfit, managed by James Rowberry, are 16 places higher than Oldham in the table, although recent form favours the Latics.

Newport have lost their previous two matches, albeit against title chasing opponents Northampton Town and Forest Green.

Oldham’s previous two games, meanwhile, need no introduction.

The Shezzerrection went full speed ahead with wins over Scunthorpe and Bristol Rovers, slicing the seven point gap between Oldham and safety down to one in a matter of days.

January loanee Christopher Missolou has brought energy and verve into the midfield and Davis Keillor Dunn took his season tally to 10 with a double against Rovers.

Speaking after that game, Sheridan was clear that the effort shown in recent games is the main differentiator from the awful form that preceded them.

“It was a team effort on Saturday and again tonight, and against Rochdale in difficult conditions.

“It's about the team, I don't like picking individuals out.

“Everyone has put a shift in and it's a great team effort. You won't win games with one or two players, you'll win them with eight or nine performing on the day.”

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