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Oldham Athletic 1 v 2 Ipswich Town
FA Cup
Tuesday, 16th November 2021 Kick-off 19:45
Oldham Athletic 1-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Tuesday, 16th Nov 2021 21:56

Idris El Mizouni smashed in a brilliant 80th minute winner as Town came from behind to beat League Two Oldham Athletic 2-1 in an FA Cup first-round replay at Boundary Park. The home side went in front via Harrison McGahey on 29 but six minutes later Conor Chaplin profited from an error by Latics keeper Jayson Leutwiler to level and El Mizouni won the game with a superb strike 10 minutes from time to set up a second-round tie against Barrow at home.

Town boss Paul Cook made seven changes from the team which drew 0-0 at home to Oxford on Saturday with Christian Walton, Wes Burns, Bailey Clements and George Edmundson remaining from the weekend side.

Luke Woolfenden came into the centre of the defence alongside Edmundson with Burns moving to right-back. Walton kept his place in goal with Clements again at left-back.

Rekeem Harper and El Mizouni came into the centre of midfield with Scott Fraser on the left and Sone Aluko skippering on the right and Conor Chaplin the number 10 behind Joe Pigott.

Kane Vincent-Young and Tom Carroll were back on the bench having been out injured with Myles Kenlock also among the subs.

Neither team threatened until the 15th minute when Davis Keillor-Dunn shot into the side-netting from Benny Couto’s cross. A minute later, Harper’s shot was blocked by Oldham skipper Carl Piergianni.

The Latics should have gone in front in the 22nd minute when Dylan Fage broke into the box before cutting back to Keillor-Dunn but Walton somehow managed to block.

Moments later Jordan Clarke was booked for a late challenge on Chaplin, then Woolfenden joined him for a foul on Hope.

Oldham had had the better of the opening spell and in the 29th minute they went in front. Walton saved Piergianni’s low effort at the back post from a corner on the right but Harrison McGahey was able to head home the rebound.

The home side Latics had deserved their lead but on 36 the Blues levelled via a howler from Oldham keeper Leutwiler. Pigott crossed, Leutwiler dropped it and Chaplin was able to tap in his sixth goal of the season.

A minute before the scheduled end of the half, Couto turned a Clements cross from the left behind ahead of Aluko at the far post.

The Blues were fortunate to be level at the break having been gifted a goal having gone behind after a disappointing half.

Manager Paul Cook will no doubt have made his team well aware that the display was far from good enough against the League Two strugglers, who once again had belied their lowly status.

Town swapped Woolfenden for another centre-half Cameron Burgess ahead of the second half.

Nine minutes after the restart, goalscorer Chaplin saw a shot blocked by Piergianni from a Burns cross. On 58, Keillor-Dunn was shown a yellow card for a pull on Aluko.

Five minutes later, Jamie Bowden saw a shot blocked, before Pigott saw penalty claims waved away.

Town made a double change in the 75th minute, Kane Vincent-Young and Kyle Edwards replacing Burns and Harper.

Chances had been far and few between since the break and extra-time appeared an increasing possibility but on 80 El Mizouni put the Blues ahead with a brilliant strike.

A ball into the box from the right was cleared out to the Tunisia international, who smashed a brilliant strike which left Leutwiler standing to put the Blues in front for the first time on the night and the second time in the tie.

It was the midfielder’s second goal for the Blues and his third of his senior career and the perfect way to celebrate signing a new contract last week.

Four minutes later, Town swapped Pigott for Kayden Jackson, while the Latics then made a double change, Nicky Adams and Zak Dearnley replacing Dylan Bahamboula and Clarke.

Town saw out four minutes of additional time to win the tie at the second attempt and set up a home second-round fixture against Barrow with the Cumbrians set to visit Suffolk during the first weekend of December.

The victory, if not the convincing one which might have been expected against opposition second-bottom of League Two, is only Town’s second in the FA Cup in 21 matches and was a welcome one for fans frustrated by the Blues’ disappointing record in the competition, while El Mizouni’s goal was good enough to win any tie.

Town are next in action when they travel to Sunderland in League One on Saturday afternoon.

Oldham: Leutwiler, Clarke, McGahey, Piergianni (c), Whelan, Hope, Keillor-Dunn (Hopcutt 68), Fage, Bowden, Bahamboula (Adams 68), Couto (Hart 69). Unused: Southerington, Stobbs, Cisse, Hopcutt, Dearnley.

Town: Walton, Burns (Vincent-Young 75), Woolfenden (Burgess 46), Edmundson, Clements, Harper (Edwards 75), El Mizouni, Aluko (c), Chaplin, Fraser, Pigott (Jackson 84). Unused: Hladky, Kenlock, Carroll, Celina, Barry, Jackson. Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Riding). Att: 2,801 (Town: 496).

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midastouch added 21:57 - Nov 16
El Mizouni better than Wayne Rooney!

ImAbeliever added 21:59 - Nov 16
Job done.

DaGremloid added 21:59 - Nov 16
Well done, lads. Great to get through to 2nd round for once.

BromleyBloo added 22:01 - Nov 16
Stuttered, spluttered and, again, never really fired at any stage, but goalkeeper gift and magic strike from El Mizouni wins it for us.

No one really starred, but we battled and got through.

Not losing is a good habit so forward again, but we’re seriously due a confidence boasting performance to convince that we are real contenders!


Edmundo added 22:07 - Nov 16
Job done. Now don't make us drive to Cumbria....!

BlueRuin69 added 22:09 - Nov 16
Lots of league one teams lost tonight. Not easy game under circumstances. Coyb

SickParrot added 22:09 - Nov 16
I was hoping for a more comfortable victory but at least we won.

blueboy1981 added 22:11 - Nov 16
Job Done ! - all that matters, but still misfiring on some cylinders !!
Improvement must come to be contenders in this Competition, or the League.
No better time for that than this Saturday !!

algarvefan added 22:18 - Nov 16
Result is what mattered tonight, well done Town you dug in when you had to and got the win.

3 points Saturday please!!!

TimmyH added 22:27 - Nov 16
Another scrappy performance, at least we're through with the majority being our 'B' side tonight. We should celebrate a victory in the FA Cup which have been few and far between for sometime.

VanDusen added 22:28 - Nov 16
That sounded an awful game, but we won without playing well. And how often does that happen. Excellent work Town - well done!

runaround added 22:32 - Nov 16
Doesn’t sound like we played particularly well but we won and are through

shakytown added 22:48 - Nov 16
Another poor performance. This squad is nowhere near promotion standard. How long is it going to take to get them playing as a team for 90 minutes let alone multple games in a row which is whats needed for a promotion run. Still have lots of doubt about Cook tactically.

FreddySteady added 23:00 - Nov 16

Ran out of pies before kick off.

blues1 added 23:02 - Nov 16
Shakytown. What? We made 7 changes so not our strongest line up. It's the fa Cup. Did u really think Oldham wouldn't give it a real go tonight, with nothing to lose? That's how games are in this cup. Look at Wigan. Took extra time to beat a non lge team tonight. Wycombe lost at home to lge2 opposition. Oxford were 2 goals ahead in extra time, but lost 4-3 against lge 2 opposition. And ur criticising us when we've won. Can't u just say well done and be happy.

SheptonMalletBlue added 23:47 - Nov 16
Shakytown, what a tw@ttish comment. Get behind the team!!!!!!

Crawfordsboot added 23:51 - Nov 16
I was at the game and though we started slowly and Oldham piled forward we grew into the game. It was good to see us playing out from the back with smooth confident passing. We lacked the final pass and a decent centre forward but some of the approach play was excellent. The long ball days of MM a distant memory. Second half there only looked to be one winner with Oldham chasing shadows for the most part. Neither Pigot nor Jackson have got what’s needed to lead the line. They need replacing in the next window.

not_a_witty_name added 00:27 - Nov 17
Noone played bad individually but with all the changes the team didn't make the best choice a lot of the time. Like at Wycombe, Town started slowly but got better as time went on as opposed to the opposition who started well but didn't get any better.

chepstowblue added 02:43 - Nov 17
We were awful for half an hr, but thankfully the equaliser gifted to us signalled a better last hour, and for me we just about shaded it by the end. Individually, very few players tonight staked a claim for a place in Saturday's line up. Aluko was excellent, Chaplain was as busy as ever, Edmundson again very reassuring. Very disappointed with Pigott, Harper, Fraser.....and god knows what's happened to Woolfie. I think Colchester beckons for him. An excellent pre- match pie, a pig of a journey home to South Wales,and a parking ticket as well. Another love/hate evening at the footy.

therein61 added 06:34 - Nov 17
We are in the next round(thank heavens) full credit to the 496 who made the long trek.

gosblue added 07:07 - Nov 17
A great strike by Iddy and Walton again proving to be a massive signing, as is Edmundson. You can see the highlights on the BBC website. Enough said, we can now focus on the league.

dirtydingusmagee added 07:29 - Nov 17
wasnt a walk in the park but we got the win, and another step in the cup, which makes a good change.A win against Sunderland to follow it up would be great. .COYB

brendenward35 added 07:43 - Nov 17
Well done Town good run out for 2nd string players to get minutes under their belts. Just watched highlights great 30 yards goal from El Mizouni, my only concern is do we have a decent backup striker as Piggott doesn't seem to be much of a treat. I'm at the stadium of light Saturday fingers crossed we will walk away with 3 points.

martin587 added 07:46 - Nov 17
Yes it was hard to watch but then again cup ties against lower league teams are always hard as they have nothing to prove.Nevertheless we won and that’s the important thing however uninspiring we were.I thought Iris had a good game and Chaplin proved for me he should be is Saturday’s line up.Long drive but vey happy to be in round two.Well done to us Town supporters once again.Supurb.

martin587 added 07:48 - Nov 17

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