Heading into this match you’d think Peterborough would have an advantage with them being in 2nd and Oldham rock bottom of League 1. Oldham played very well to stunt the Posh’s recent form with two goals from Eion Doyle and one from Dan Gardner to give the home side a 3-2 over them.
This match shows that a form guide won’t help you in the lower leagues, on paper Oldham should have been outclassed, with Peterborough off the back of a big win at home to Wigan and sit in second three points behind Shrewsbury. This was also Oldham’s first game without John Sheridan who left the club the day before after poor results.
The first half of the game wasn’t great from either side, Peterborough passed the ball around well and Oldham created a few good chances but the first half wasn’t exactly great. The only talking point is Junior Morias going off injured with a thigh problem 37 minutes in after being clipped during a challenge.
The second half burst into life straight away and the home side took the lead after Jack Byrne’s shot was sent directly into the path of a waiting Eion Doyle who scored from the second chance effort. Poor possession from Peterborough allowed this goal and it was only the start of a shaky defensive display.
The away side got back into it after Marcus Maddison scored from the spot after he was brought down by Brian Wilson who got sent off for the foul, Oldham, who looked strong defensively had a slip up at the back which allowed Maddison in past the defence before being brought down. The Posh looked like they could take the lead for most of the second half after Wilson was sent off, some great attacking possessions from the Posh during the entire second half.
The match reached the final 10 minutes and Oldham retook the lead after Eion Doyle fed a pass to Dan Gardner who seemed to have all the time in the world to shot and scored past the Posh. From my view you could see the goal unfurling in front from the moment Peterborough lost the ball, no one picked up men and the defence looked all over the place.
It got worse for Posh fans when Doyle got his brace to make it 3-1, Abdelhakim Omrani waltzed past two Posh players while he was keeping the ball in the corner and his low cross into the box was met by Doyle who added misery to the away fans, Peterborough needed to be stronger here the defence let them in too easily and got punished for it.
With the game winding down we got eight, yes eight minutes, of added time after the sending off and Oldham players using full use of the clock, with this Posh fans would have thought there was a chance, especially when Jack Marriott scored from 8 yards out with just two minutes gone of added time. Even with the pressure, Posh put on at the end Oldham held on for the win.
A disappointing game for Peterborough but a confidence boost for Oldham under Richie Wellens, sometimes a new manager can rejuvenate a squad and that is exactly what has happened here, Oldham head to Portsmouth this weekend and will look for a similar result down on the south coast, for Peterborough though they will look to bounce back at home to Oxford.