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Oldham Athletic vs. Leeds United

Boundary Park

02/10/07

7.45pm

Oldham V Leeds Preview

Leeds United go into this fixture without the two men who have so far fired Leeds out of the relegation zone. Still unbeaten, can Leeds return to winning ways?

Vital Quotes:

Dennis Wise who has had to shuffle his team around due to the suspensions to Kandol and Beckford, recognises the threat of Oldham's front pair, part of a strike force that includes former guest of HM Prisons Lee Hughes: 'Oldham are a difficult team and they have two strikers who work hard for each other,' he said.

'It'd have been nice to have our main strikers available, but we haven't. We've brought two players in on loan and we'll re-jig the situation now.'


Meanwhile on the player front, loan-signing Jamie Clapham is delighted with his extended stay at Elland Road, believing that The Whites are on the brink of 'something special.' Speaking to leedsunited.com Clapham said: 'It's been a great first month here.'

'I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm delighted with everyone here and it's great to be a part of it.

'Something special is going to happen this season for Leeds and to be a part of it...it'll be great to stay a bit longer.

'Every footballer wants to be involved. You get paid for doing a job and that's what I want to do.'


Turning to all things Old Ham, Andy Liddle can't wait for his chance to face the League One team to beat: 'It's a big game and one that we need to win,'

They have made a fantastic start to the season and would easily be winning the league were it not for the point’s deduction. They've probably got the best squad in the league as they're the biggest club, and it'll be a good test for us and give some of the younger players an opportunity to show what they can do.'

Oldham Athletic Team News:

Oldham boss John Sheridan has no new injury worries to deal with, and is likely to field an un-changed side from the one that saw off Crewe on Saturday.

Therefore the likely side:

Crossley, Eardley, Hazell, Gregan, Bertrand, Liddell, Kalala, Allott , Taylor, Ricketts, Davies.

Player to watch: #40 The Spirit of Oldham

If there's one thing I hope Leeds United never do, is give the fans a squad number.

I mean technically speaking does that mean we can field the entire home attendance as a substitute?

Passionate fans just the same as Leeds, they could have a major say tonight as a smaller away following would be expected of a midweek fixture.

Leeds United Team News:

The suspensions to Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol mean that Dennis Wise has had to move into the emergency loan market.

It is likely that the Leeds side will be unchanged apart from the replacement of Beckford/Kandol with loan signings Mark deVries and Wayne Andrews.

Player to watch: Mark deVries

The big Dutchman has a history of scoring goals in his career, can he continue to do it for Leeds United?

Oldham Facts:

Another day another load of useless facts about our opposition's home town:

  • In 1899, the candidate for the Conservative party in Oldham was one Winston Churchill...he lost.

  • Churchill, of course, went on to lead the country through the Second World War.

  • Oldham is the birthplace of Louise Brown, the first ever child to be conceived via IVF.

  • Oldham Town F.C. ply their trade in the Northern Counties 2nd division, facing such footballing powerhouses as Bootle, Blackpool Mechanics and the frighteningly scary Stone Dominoes.

    Ref Watch:

    The referee for tonight is a Mr McDermit from...

    ...sorry, a poor joke. The real referee for this evening is Mr JOSLIN who hails from Nottinghamshire.

    Not a fan of red cards is Phil, having kept it firmly in his pocket for all 8 of his games this season.

    His last game in charge that involved Leeds was the 2006 Championship defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

    The team for that match was: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Crainey (Beckford ,77 ), Miller, Douglas (Bakke ,85 ), Derry, Lewis, Healy (Blake ,62 ), Hulse.

    Match Prediction:

    1-0 Leeds United in a battling away-day victory to get back on track. Newboy deVries will get the goal that matters.

    Next Up:

    Following victory at Oldham, Leeds will return to Elland Road to face Russell Slade's Yeovil Town, ooarrr!




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