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PREVIEW | Oldham Athletic vs Rovers (EFL Trophy)

6 October 2020

Rovers travel to take on Oldham Athletic in the EFL Trophy group-stage on Tuesday night.

Darren Moore’s side are looking to get back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the league season at Wigan last time out. 

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EFL Trophy so far 

Rovers claimed an extra bonus point in their first group-stage game after beating Bradford City 4-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes. 

Goalkeeper Louis Jones was the hero on the night saving a spot kick in the shootout on his senior debut for the club. 

Oldham got their campaign off to a flying start, after beating Wolves U21s 4-0 at Boundary Park in September. 

 

The man in charge 

Harry Kewell was appointed as Oldham manager in the summer more than 18 months after leaving Notts County. The former Liverpool midfielder took over at Boundary Park following the departure of Dino Maamria. 

 

Ones to watch 

Carl Piergianni 

The 28-year-old defender joined Oldham in the summer after a successful loan spell at the end of last season. Piergianni started his professional career with Peterborough United, before enjoying spells with Stockport County and Boston United. 

Prior to his move to Oldham, he played a key role in helping Salford City win promotion to Sky Bet League Two. 

 

Bobby Grant 

The experienced winger signed for Oldham on a season-long loan from National League side Wrexham in the summer. The much travelled 31-year-old started his career with Accrington Stanley, before spells with Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Blackpool and Fleetwood Town more recently. 

He re-joined Accrington on loan last season and made five appearances before the season was curtailed. He netted on his Oldham debut in the Carabao Cup victory at home to Carlisle United in September. 

 

Conor McAleny 

McAleny joined Oldham in the summer on a one-year deal after leaving Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town. 

The 28-year-old is a product of the Everton youth system and played two games in the Premier League for the Toffees. During his time at Goodison Park, McAleny spent time on loan with several clubs, including Scunthorpe United, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United. 

 

Last time out 

Ben Whiteman’s double sealed a 2-1 victory against Oldham in the Emirates FA Cup back in January 2019. The win saw Rovers progress into the fifth round of the competition for the first time in 63 years. 

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