Whilst Rovers were slumping to a disappointing defeat on Boxing Day, Oldham’s players were free to enjoy cold turkey sandwiches with their feet up as their game against Blackpool was postponed.
Oldham haven’t won in the league since 14th November despite (because of?) the loan signing of Richie Wellens from Rovers. Wellens is unavailable to play in today’s game due to the arrangements of his loan deal, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on your viewpoint of the formerly great man.
The appointment of player manager David Dunn has seen Oldham slump into the relegation places as Oldham have struggled to replace the injured Jonathan Forte upfront. Forte bagged 15 goals for the Latics last season, including one in their 2-0 win at the Keepmoat stadium but only Blackpool and Crewe have managed less goals than Oldham so far this season. Forte is back in training but thankfully is not expecting to start against his former club.
Rovers will be looking for a much improved performance on Monday and also to end a topsy turvy year on a high against a club whose fans can also commiserate with being left in a mess by Paul Dickov. Rovers manager Darren Ferguson could well look to Paul Keegan and Cameron Stewart to push for three points after both have impressed in recent games and with Harry Middleton looking dead on his feet against Scunthorpe.
Match Prediction: Oldham 1-2 DRFC (Williams, Grant)
Rovers face tough fixtures against Southend, Stoke City and Gillingham in the games following this one so Ferguson will know how vital it is to register a positive result at Boundary Park. Rovers don’t tend to draw many games at the moment so expect Rovers to register a marginal victory.