The Bees travelled north looking to produce a much better performance than the one at Rotherham, and they did, while it may not have produced a win, Orient losing leaves Mark Warburton’s men 4 points clear with 2 games in hand.
Will Grigg, Nico Yanneris and James Tarkowski replaced Marcello Trotta, Jake Reeves and Tony Craig in the starting eleven, the latter lining up against his former club.
The home fans to their credit were very loud aided by a drum and banging on a stand wall. This seemed to have the desired effect as their team started brighter without really causing the Bees back four any real worries. Dougie was his usual calm self in front of them and Alan McCormack biting into tackles.
Neither side in truth created many clear chances in the first half, until Clayton wriggled clear at a tight angle and saw the home keeper spill it for a corner, which came to nothing but was a signal of intent.
After the break Will Grigg had a few blocked efforts in an encouraging showing before being replaced by Marcello. Trotta wasted no time to show his class spraying a beautiful ball to Jake Bidwell only to see his resulting cross come to nothing.
I’m still not sure how substitute Stuart Dallas didn’t score with a close range effort following a cross from Clayton, I can only assume an Oldham limb diverted it over as a corner was given.
Oldham had chances of their own most notably Dave Button calmly collected one on one following a hopeful punt.
When full time arrived the spoils were shared. Brentford were the better team but Oldham resisted well at times. The press and sections of support will say this is 2 points dropped, however in light of Bradford’s win at Orient it can be considered a point gained. Games are running out and we’ve still got a cushion and games in hand on all teams below us.
Sheffield United won’t be easy but this team thrive in big stadiums and atmospheric surroundings, if George Saville features and plays how he can it could be very interesting
By Chris Horricks