Albion 2 – 1 Oldham


Top of the league. I’m nursing the kind of hangover that can only come from the words “Let’s celebrate” being spoken at full-time, it’s a 10 on the Richter Scale of sore heads. But it was worth it, and then some.

A sunny but chilly Withdean was the setting for, if not a great performance, a great result. Oldham came and made a game of it for the most part, but we dominated them later on, and took the win well, courtesy of his first goal in the stripes for Fran Sandaza. Scoring as we did with virtually the last kick in injury-time tells me this team is building up a head of steam, and Withdean is becoming the Fortress of the promotion seasons, winning is a hard habit to break. Ominous? It’s still too early to say, but we’re well on our way.

In the pub after everyone was buoyant, there’s a real buzz around the fanbase, they’re singing and dancing on the tables etc. As for my man of the match, it was a team performance where no-one really stuck out, but Ashley Barnes kept his head down after missing two sitters, and worked hard for his goal, so I’ll pin it on him. The Albion’s momentum should carry over to Tuesday night at home to Nicky Forster’s Brentford, then up to basement boys Tranmere on Saturday – where at this point I’m attending.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  7 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match :  Ashley Barnes

Attendance : 7148 (152 Oldham)

Npower League One table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Brighton 8 6 17
2 Peterborough 8 7 16
3 Bournemouth 8 10 14
4 Huddersfield 8 5 14
5 Colchester 8 4 14
6 Rochdale 8 4 13
7 Carlisle 8 4 13
8 Exeter 8 1 13
9 MK Dons 8 -1 13
10 Oldham 8 1 12
11 Charlton 8 1 12
12 Swindon 8 1 12
13 Bristol R 8 -2 12
14 Sheff Wed 8 4 10
15 Notts County 8 -2 10
16 Hartlepool 8 -4 9
17 Plymouth 8 -4 9
18 Southampton 8 -1 8
19 Leyton Orient 8 -3 7
20 Yeovil 8 -8 7
21 Walsall 8 -4 6
22 Brentford 8 -5 6
23 Dag & Red 8 -7 6
24 Tranmere 8 -7 6

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4 Responses to “Albion 2 – 1 Oldham”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    sounded a super game to take us top of the pile , trick is to stay there or there abouts for the whole season and I know some have their doubts that we can survive in the championship but with Gus in charge I have every confidence that we will and will do well there.
    we have to maintain the pressure at the top …..lets hope the players, management and fans are up to it, so we can have a good start at our new ground.
    whatever division we are in when we get there.


    • The Hovian Says:

      It’s really buzzing down here at the minute mate, expectation is high now. To be honest we shouldn’t fear anybody in this league, and if we can stay relatively injury free we will be thereabouts in May.


  2. nifty 50 Says:

    The way things are going we will be passing you on the way down your flying at the moment and playing good football as well getting gus in last season was a stroke of genius.

    • The Hovian Says:

      I hope we don’t, Brighton v Palace is a fixture that should get both sides and fans drooling at the mouth. I’m not so sure you’re going down, similarly it’s too early to say we’re favourites to go up.

      But yes, Tony Bloom enticing Poyet here was a masterstroke, but don’t forget that the biggest difference has been made to our defence – Mauricio Taricco must take a lot of credit for that.

      Cheers as always for the comments, all are read and welcomed

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