Paul Goodwin: Latics susceptible to early goal

Cedric Evina
Cedric Evina

Oldham Athletic should know exactly what to expect at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow.

But whether they can stop a Doncaster side brimming with confidence is another thing entirely.

Facing their former manager Paul Dickov, the Latics will be only too familiar with the high tempo, pressing game that the Scot champions.

With no fewer than five Rovers players boasting Oldham connections - Richie Wellens, Dean Furman, Cedric Evina, Reece Wabara and lastly Marc De Val (who Dickov had on trial at Boundary Park) - this weekend’s fixture has something of a reunion feel.

For good measure, Oldham are likely to include former Doncaster loanees Jonathon Forte and Joseph Mills in their starting eleven.

Doncaster will look to make what is now becoming a customary bright start to the game, and assert control early on. De Val’s introduction to the team helped Rovers do exactly that at Colchester last weekend.

They will hope to do the same against a Latics outfit who have conceded a goal inside the first ten minutes in three out of four of their league games.

Oldham are side who like to pass it too. Their problem has been converting good build-up play into goals, which could weigh on their minds if Doncaster do strike early.

If Rovers score first I expect them to win the game.