The Warmdown: Oldham Athletic move closer to the drop after defeat against Walsall
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Oldham Athletic's fortunes seemed to be on the rise after four points from their previous two games, but any signs of a revival from The Latics were quickly diminished on Tuesday evening.

Walsall weren't looking much better before the game began, however, starting the day a mere two points above Oldham and having won only three league games all season.

Yet it was The Saddlers who ended up as comfortable victors after first half goals from Jack Earing and George Miller put the visitors in firm control.

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Hallam Hope ironically provided Keith Curle's side with some hope after heading home a corner in the 68th minute, and although the home side pushed on for an equaliser, a mix up at the back lead to Emmanuel Osadebe comfortably stroking the ball home to seal the victory.

  • Where do Oldham go from here?

It has been well documented that there have been serious issues both on and off the field at Boundary Park for some time now.

After fans of the Lancashire club protested against owner Abdallah Lemsagam with numerous pitch invasions earlier on in the campaign, the Moroccan banned fans of his own club from buying tickets to two games.

And to make things worse, the club then barred non-season ticket holders from purchasing both home and away tickets.

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A club statement read: "In light of ongoing issues with crowd behaviour at Boundary Park, several meetings have taken place and will continue to do so with the local authorities, including Greater Manchester Police."

Following this, Lemsagam went on talkSPORT to address the issue, stating: "We are very serious with this and we have only learnt from the EFL, we’re going to fix it. 

"I put my money and will try and fix everything – trust me, I will never let the club go into administration. We are going in the right direction. I will not let this club go into administration," he added.

And despite the ongoing negative antics off the field, the only thing Oldham fans really want in the short term is for their side to perform on the pitch and pick up points to avoid relegation.

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Unfortunately for the fans of the club who are a founding member of the Premier League, the majority of the results have mirrored the off-field atrocities.

After Tuesday night's loss to Walsall, The Latics currently languish in a lowly 22nd place in League Two, narrowly sitting above the relegation zone on goal difference, just three points above bottom club Scunthorpe.

Losing at home to a side that have not won away all season his only heightened the frustration at Boundary Park, and it is hard to see the club prospering any time soon.

  • The lack of talent is evident

Oldham haven't been renowned for possessing the hottest talent about, but any Latics fan will tell you that this is by far the worst squad their club has had in years.

The side's only consistent performer this season has been Dylan Bahamboula, with many being aware that he is far too talented to be playing for a club that is battling to stay in the football league.

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Attacker Davis Keillor-Dunn has bright moments but consistency is key if you want to help a struggling side climb the table, and unfortunately for the Lancashire side, the 23-year-old has failed to hit the heights he did last season.

Oldham brought on academy graduate Harry Vaughan in the second half against Walsall, and despite only being 17 years of age, the youngster showed more talent and desire than his teammates.

This is not taking anything away from Vaughan's abilties, but it is worrying for a professional football club when a 17-year-old enters the fray and puts the rest of the team to shame.

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Oldham have been known for producing some talented players through their academy, but the club cannot rely on a single youngster to get the club out of turmoil.

Signings are needed. So is a new owner.

 

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