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Oldham look to reignite season at Rotherham United on Saturday
Tuesday 19th September 2017 @ 17:38 by Mark Phillip
Football Oldham Sports

Oldham boss John Sheridan will be hoping his side can reignite their season at Rotherham United this weekend.

Latics travel to the New York Stadium on the back of a 2-1 defeat to league leaders Shrewsbury Town on Saturday – the club’s seventh loss in all competitions.

Goals from Stefan Payne and Jon Nolan either side of Craig Davies’ equaliser were enough to seal maximum points for the in-form Shrews.

To make matters worse for Sheridan, Eoin Doyle will serve a one-match suspension after being dismissed in the dying seconds for a second bookable offence.

The 29-year-old striker, on loan from Preston, has scored twice since putting pen to paper at the end of August.

Doyle endeared himself to the Oldham faithful after scoring on his debut in the 4-3 loss to Charlton, before notching in the dying stages at Bristol Rovers to secure Latics their first – and only – victory this season.

A former Hibernian man, Doyle also has two assists against Charlton and Fleetwood, making his absence on Saturday even more poignant.

While disappointed with the overall result last weekend, Sheridan believed his side were better than Shrewsbury for large parts of the game, although he did lament defensive frailties. Speaking to Oldham’s official website, Sheridan said: ““They scored a goal and for some reason that just gave us a bit of a kick up back side and then I think we were the best team for the remaining 25 minutes and got back in it with a good goal.

“I think we were the team looking to go on and score the second goal. We came out at half time and were on top of the game.

“If Doyle scores the game is totally different and we had some more good chances as well.

“They had a couple of good chances towards the end of the game when I was throwing people on and trying to chase the game but even both goals again are just very poor, ours is a good goal and theirs were really poor.

“I say it every week when we’re conceding but if you look at them and reflect on how they’ve ended up scoring it’s just disappointing.”

Sheridan continued: “I thought the performance was ok considering who we were playing, Shrewsbury have started the season really well so I give them respect.

“Other than first 10 or 15 minutes and the last 10 minutes when we were chasing the game, we were the better team and at half time I was confident we’d go on and win the game and I think we would have if we’d have taken our chances.

“But it wasn’t to be and again we’ve got to take it on the chin.

“It’s a downer getting nothing from the game but there were good things and we looked like we were going to score goals again but it just didn’t work for us.”

Although frustrated with the manner in which his side conceded on Saturday, Sheridan will take comfort in Davies’ current form.

Having penned a two-year deal in June, the 31-year-old has scored four goals in as many games and has finally started to show why Bolton Wanderers paid £300,000 for his services in 2013.

If selected for the game against Rotherham on Saturday, Davies will go in search of more goals against a side that lost 1-0 at Bradford City last weekend.

Prior to that defeat, Paul Warne’s side had embarked on a three game winning run, scoring nine goals in the process.

Striker Kieffer Moore, on a season long loan from Ipswich Town, has notched six times to date, making him League One’s leading scorer.

The 25-year-old became an instant hit with the Millers’ fans following a first-half hat-trick in the 5-0 victory over Southend United, before notching in the 2-1 loss at Peterborough United, and following it up with a brace in the 3-2 victory over Bury.

Based on current statistics, it would be no surprise if Moore added to his tally this weekend, as Rotherham have the joint-second best scoring record in the league, while Oldham have the joint-worst defensive record.

Rotherham’s three-year stint in the Championship means the two sides haven’t met for quite some time.

However, when they last met in league competition, Oldham were beaten on both occasions, falling to a 3-2 defeat the New York Stadium in September 2013, and a 2-0 loss at Boundary Park in March 2014.