Date: 5th April 2008 at 7:41pm
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This game saw the return of club captain Sean Gregan for the first time since before Christmas and the news that Lidds made the bench was promising. A squad humbled by injuries looked solid in the first half with Shez setting up a 4-5-1 formation to make sure Gregan didn’t have a heavy batch of running to do and to Shez’s credit it worked well; Smalley and Taylor provided good outlets.

However the man of the moment in the past couple of games has been PNE loanee Jason Jarrett who, after reacting angrily to being substituted against Millwall, has got his head down and put in some fine performances and he gave Latics a sorry blow before the half time whistle blew. The industrial midfielder picked up a knock and it was clearly affecting his game, as he missed the best chance of the game by failing to find a finish. Latics went in at half time 0-0.

When the blues came out for the second period a new formation was in place as a half fit Liddell came on to replace Jarrett. Oldham therefore reverted to 4-4-2 with Smalley pushing up top to partner Constantine. It proved to be a shocking decision as Latics were played off the park by Swindon. Gregan and Allott struggled to stop Swindon breaking forward, Smalley and Leon weren’t noticable and the game was lost. Surely Lidds could of played in Jarrett’s role behind the front two?

The game finished 3-0 and the small chance of the play-offs was gone. It is now time to build for next season and with the importation of several Gretna players expected and the club still being linked to Leon Clarke lets hope we can get out of this league next time…We are of course the team to have been in this league the longest, which at times we were grateful for but hopefully not for much longer.

Bring on next season!