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Preview: Powell on midfield options, Yearwood and Oldham

23 February 2018

Chris Powell praised Michael Timlin and Dru Yearwood for their recent partnership in the middle of midfield.

Josh Wright and Sam Mantom both got minutes under their belts in the U23s win over MK Dons on Tuesday, and Anthony Wordsworth is also closing in on a return.

And Powell is delighted to have options at his disposal in midfield ahead of Saturday’s trip to Oldham,

“I’ve got to say they’ve been excellent, Michael Timlin and Dru Yearwood. They’ve had a good partnership in there.

“Tims with his experience and what we’ve asked him to do, he’s done it really well. 

“We’ve asked him to control that area in the middle of the park, not to vacate it too often, because I know Tims is known as a player that is very energetic and wants to get into tackles, but he can do it from a solid shape, a solid base.

“He’s been top-drawer and it’s allowed Dru to do what Dru does best. 

“He’s a powerful young man, he challenges, he’s combative and he will always look to play, and play forward, and drive forward.

“They’ve dove-tailed really well. It’s up to people like Josh [Wright] and Sam [Mantom] to work their way back in and it puts nice pressure on the two lads in there to play well, but equally I know I’ve got one or two options, which is really good.

“We’ve got Anthony Wordsworth as well who is on his way back. He’s a little bit behind the others but not too far. He’s training with us.

“We’re hopeful of having a friendly game next week and he will be involved in that. If he comes through then there is another good option for us.

“I want that medical room clear and we’re working our way towards that.”

At 18-years-old, Yearwood has blossomed under Powell having played in each of the five games he has been in charge of.

But the Blues boss said Yearwood himself knows he has more learning to do.

“It’s up to him and us that he thinks about his game, looks to improve his game,” Powell added.

“He’s only 18 and sometimes we expect too much. 

“I think everyone should remember that this is a young player who not too long ago was playing for our youth team, and now he’s excelling against the Wigan’s and Portsmouth’s and the like.

“We’re very happy with that, but he’s got a long way to go yet.

“We’ve got to make sure that he keeps looking to learn.”

On the test his side face against the Latics, Powell added: “It’s been up and down for them.

“I know Ritchie Wellens really well, we were teammates at Leicester and he was a very stylish midfielder. His team started off like that for sure and got some really good results.

“They had a dip like most teams do at this level, but they’ve picked themselves up again. 

“It’s a tough game for us in respect of not only them picking up recently, but they’re fighting for the lives.

“Like most teams we’re coming up against in the next few weeks, they’re going to be a real test of our resolve.”

 

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Match Report: Oldham 0-3 Southend

24 April 2018

Blues recorded their first win on the road since February at Boundary Park with a 3-0 win to deepen Oldham’s relegation worries.

Chris Powell made four changes for Tuesday night’s trip to Oldham, with Mantom, Harrison, Kyprianou and Cox coming into the side following a series of injuries to the squad.

Southend got off to a perfect start, as inform striker Theo Robinson scored after just six minutes following a corner from the left-hand side by Stephen Mclaughlin, which Shayon Harrison met, but, could only hit the post, however, thankfully for Blues Robinson was there to put the rebound in.

Oldham nearly equalised moments later as Craig Davies flicked on a long ball to Eoin Doyle which saw the former Chesterfield striker put his effort just wide of Oxley’s near post.

The Latics went close again just one minute later, as Wolves loanee Duckens Nazon cut inside on his right foot from the left-hand side and flashed a dangerous effort across goal.

Just quarter of an hour in McLaughlin nearly made it two, following some excellent link up play by Theo Robinson down the right wing, which saw the latter cross the ball into the penalty area, however, the Irishman’s effort went central down the middle of the goal and Johny Placide saved the effort with his feet in the Latics goal.

On the half hour mark Blues survived a scare, as a long throw from the right wing by Tom Hamer was flicked on by George Edmundson to Doyle, whose effort went towards Oxley’s bottom left hand corner which Oxley spilt, and then grabbed the ball at the second attempt as it was about to spin over the goal line.

In the 38th minute Blues were let off the hook again, as Oldham broke with pace through the middle of the park and had an overload down the left-hand side which saw Jack Byrne free who squared the ball across the box towards Doyle from around 10 yards out, however, the striker was on the stretch and his effort went just wide of Oxley’s left-hand post.

Blues started the second half in similar fashion to the first, as they doubled their lead early in the second half through Simon Cox, following a quick counter which was set up by Theo Robinson who slid a great ball into the Irishman, who’s first effort was blocked, however, the ball fell back kindly, and he slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-0.

Moments later, Blues made it 3-0 as Simon Cox completed a quick-fire double, as Mclaughlin went down the left wing and crossed in a perfect ball to Cox at the back post who chested the ball down and fired the ball into the goal from close range.

Just before the hour mark Oldham could not believe that they hadn’t found the net, as a low cross was driven across the penalty area by Doyle, and from point blank range Oxley pulled off an incredible save from substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway to keep his clean sheet intact

Mark Oxley who was a contender for Blues man of the match pulled off another great save from Jack Byrne with just over 10 minutes to go, following an excellent clipped pass by Dan Gardner over the top of the Blues defence.

Blues nearly added a fourth goal with 8 minutes to go, as Jason Demetriou had a free-kick tipped onto the post by Placide in the Oldham goal.

There was a nice touch in stoppage time as Lewis Gard came on to make his first team debut after being subbed on for McLaughlin.

Blues next fixture is at Valley Parade on Saturday and Powell’s side will be confident going into the match following his sides impressive attacking display. 

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Ticket News

Tickets: Oldham Athletic

23 April 2018

Tickets on sale until 5pm Monday...

Tickets for Tuesday night's rearranged game against Oldham Athletic will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at 5pm on Monday.

All tickets bought for the original fixture back in February are still valid.

Advanced prices are:

Adults - £20

65+ - £10

Under 16's - £10

Under 12's - £5

Ambulant disabled - £10.00 (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

Wheelchair £10.00 - (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

Please note tickets will be cash only at the turnstiles and prices increase on the day to:

Adults - £24.00

65+ - £12.00

Under 12's & 16's - no increase

Ambulant disabled - £12.00 (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

Wheelchair £12.00 - (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

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