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The Reds make a trip to familiar surroundings this Saturday at Oldham's Boundary Park.

20 December 2019

The Reds meet the Latics for the ninth time this Saturday having first met in October 2012.

Oldham have enjoyed facing the Red Devils chalking up four wins, whilst Town have managed just two wins, with the points being shared on two occasions.

One of the two draws came in the very first meeting between the two sides at the then Stadium in October 2012. The Reds looked to take advantage of the Lactics going down a man, after Jean Yves Mvoto was dismissed after 20 minutes, but Crawley too then found themselves down to ten men after Hope Akpan was dismissed just past the hour mark. Joseph Baxter opened the scoring for the visitors but Kyle McFadzean rescued a point for the Reds with ten minutes to go.

It was almost a similar story in the second meeting between the sides as the Reds travelled to Boundary Park. Matt Smith scored for the hosts early in the second half to give them the lead but once again Crawley came back and looked to snatch a point. It looked to be one of Crawley’s centre backs that saved them from defeat as Mark Connolly netted in the 77thminute, meaning that Town looked set to walk away with a point, however in the 90th minute Jean Yves Mvoto who had been sent off in the clubs first meeting scored and sent the Reds back to Broadfield pointless.

In the 2014/15 season the Reds picked up four points from a possible six against the Latics, securing their first points from Boundary Park after a 1-1 draw with Gwion Edwards scoring to cancel out Daniel Johnson’s opener in the seventh minute. The reverse fixture saw Crawley ride out comfortable 2-0 victors with goals from Izale McLeod and on-loan Richard Wood.

This meant we had to wait just over three years for the sides to meet again as the Latics were relegated in the 2017/18 season. Saturday’s opponents overcame Crawley twice that season, and for the second time Crawley had points snatched away from them with Oldham scoring in the dying moments at Boundary Park. The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 3-0 loss for the Reds on the road at Boundary Park in February this year. Crawley Town will look to better their form at Boundary Park for the teams’ first meeting of 2019/2020 season.

Written by Sam Gadsdon.

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