Town and Oldham played out an entertaining derby day stalemate this afternoon which had everything from red cards, goals to slick passing football.
The Terriers fell behind early on when Bradley Diallo skipped inside his marker and supplied debutant Shefki Kuqi with a perfect ball to head home. Town responded well and equalised ten minutes later when Antony Kay converted a Gary Roberts corner.
Both teams had plenty of chances to seal the victory and despite Oldham losing a man when Diallo received a straight red Town failed to beat Cisak and left Boundary Park with a well earned point.
Lee Clark made five changes to the side that defeated Northampton Town 2-1 in the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash.
Both Jamie McCombe and Gary Naysmith were reinstated into the back four. Town also changed their formation - lining up 4-3-3 - with Tommy Miller coming in to form a midfield trio with Anton Robinson and Oscar Gobern. Upfront; Danny Ward replaced Donal McDermott on the wing and Lee Novak came in to lead the line with Alan Lee dropping to the bench and Jordan Rhodes away on international duty.
On the bench for the Terriers both Damien Johnson and Lloyd Allinson made their first appearances of the season in Lee Clark's match day squad.
Town, wearing their change strip of red and black, kicked off proceedings shooting towards the home fans. The Terriers started the game well and had their first foray on Alex Cisak's goal in the third minute when Danny Ward released Gary Roberts down the left wing. Robbo's first cross was blocked; however, his second looped to the back post towards Lee Novak who was adjudged by referee Webster to have fouled Bradley Diallo.
GOAL - Oldham opened proceedings in the sixth minute when Shefki Kuqi scored a debut goal courtesy of a brilliant Diallo cross. The left-back skipped inside Jack Hunt with ease down the Oldham left before swinging over a perfect cross. Kuqi was unmarked, six yards out from Ian Bennett's goal, and made no mistake in handing the Latics an early lead with a powerful downward header.
Despite Oldham's territorial advantage following Kuqi's goal, it was the Terriers who were next to have an effort. Gary Roberts' deep delivery from a free-kick down the left wing was met well by Captain Antony Kay; however, his header from eight yards out was wide of Cisak's goal.
GOAL - After calming down the Oldham charge the Terriers enjoyed a brief spell of pressure and made the most of it in the 16th minute when Antony Kay scored a brilliant volley. Danny Ward forced the corner from Kieron Lee, which allowed Roberts to jog over and swing in a cross. Antony Kay was on the move early and met Robbo's out swinging cross with a firm left-foot, which hit Cisak's right upright before crossing the line.
The Terriers were fully in charge following Kay's strike; with winger Danny Ward dictating matters down the left wing. Firstly, Ward beat Zander Diamond before putting in a very dangerous cross which was defended excellently by Jean Yves M'Voto at the near post. Then minutes later, after good work from Gobern, the former Bolton man rifled a shot from 20 yards which was well stopped by Oldham's 'keeper.
Superb play by Gary Naysmith on the half an hour mark handed Roberts a golden chance to give Town the lead. Naysmith received the ball from Ward before slipping past Kieron Lee and skipping inside Taylor. On his weaker right foot he played in a deep ball to the back stick, which found Roberts who failed to keep down his half volley from six yards and saw the ball fly into the gathering of grateful home fans behind Cisak's goal.
After a frantic half an hour of football the match calmed down with neither side managing to create any clear cut openings. Oldham's Filipe Morais did try his luck from 30 yards but his effort was easily parried away by Ian Bennett - who had been the quieter of the two 'keepers during the first 45. Morais' 43rd minute shot was quickly followed by an effort from Danny Ward, which was excellently held by Cisak in what had become very tricky conditions at Boundary Park courtesy of a heavy rain shower.
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The teams reappeared for the second-half unchanged and were met by another rain shower which was sweeping through Greater Manchester.
Oldham were the team in the ascendancy at the beginning of the second-half. Morais and Reid both went close within a matter of minutes as Lee Clark's men defended bravely to keep matters level. Firstly, in the 46th minute, a Reid snap-shot found Morais at the back-stick who somehow missed from five yards, luckily the midfielder was spared his blushes by the official who had flagged him offside. Moments later, Reid received the ball from Taylor 12 yards out and fired a shot which was pushed away by Bennett with one hand and then cleared well by Naysmith.
Town then came to life and had two quick fire chances to take the lead. As he has done all season Jack Hunt got forward well down the right wing and swung in a precise ball to the centre of the penalty area where Roberts waited. The winger looked for all the world like he would nod home but somehow missed the ball allowing Diamond to clear.
The Terriers then broke again on Cisak's goal with Novak finding himself one-on-one with the former Sunderland defender M'Voto. Novak attempted to turn him; but, M'Voto did well and blocked the striker with a slide tackle. However, Novak didn't stop and picked up the pieces before playing in Miller who had the ball nicked away from him by the recovering Lee as he looked to test Cisak from 12 yards.
BOOKING - James Wesolowski was the first player to receive a caution following his late tackle on Oscar Gobern in the 62nd minute.
BOOKING - Town's Oscar Gobern then returned the favour and received a yellow card for a foul on Tom Adeyemi in the 63rd minute.
SUB - During the break in play Donal McDermott entered the field at the expense of Gary Roberts.
The break in play ultimately calmed down proceedings; however, that lasted momentarily before the Terriers began applying the pressure again. Initially it was good work from McDermott who forced the corner from M'Voto. The Latics defended the first cross well, however, when Robinson played in Ward the midfielder pulled the tricker from 12 yards and fired straight down the throat of Cisak.
RED CARD - Oldham's left-back Bradley Diallo was shown a straight red card in the 76th minute for a rash sliding tackle on Oscar Gobern. The ball was there to be won, however, Gobern nicked in front of the left-back and felt the full force of Diallo who went over the ball and into his ankle.
SUBS - Immediately after Diallo's dismissal David Mellor entered the fray with Filipe Morais making way. Also, Lee Clark introduced Alan Lee for Oscar Gobern who walked off the pitch following the tackle. Clark's change saw his side convert to a 4-4-2 formation with Lee partnering Novak in attack.
Alan Lee's impact was almost as emphatic as last week against Wycombe, however, on this occasion his shot on the turn clattered into Cisak's goal and away from danger.
SUB - Paul Dickov made another change in the 80th minute when goalscorer Shefki Kuqi was replaced by Matty Smith.
SUB - The Latics made their final change of the game in the 84th minute when striker Reuben Reid left the field for Matty Lund.
With five minutes remaining the match had become a game of attack and defend with the Terriers laying siege upon Cisak's goal. However, to Oldham's credit they were preventing Town from testing their 'keeper. Donal McDermott was Town's biggest threat; his trickery was causing the Oldham defence all kinds of problems, however, on occasions he was slightly over running the ball when maybe a shot would have been the better option.
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Town's team (4-3-3)
Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Antony Kay (c), Jamie McCombe, Jack Hunt; Oscar Gobern (Alan Lee, 77), Tommy Miller, Anton Robinson; Danny Ward, Gary Roberts (Donal McDermott, 64), Lee Novak
Unused subs: Lloyd Allinson, Liam Cooper, Damien Johnson,
Oldham; Wesolowski 62,
Town; Gobern 63,