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Boundary Park (ATT 3,451) 29th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Harrington

Oldham Oldham Athletic vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Oldham 1

D Taylor (82)

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M Pogba (61)
M Ellis (84)

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Last Updated: 28/12/12 1:53pm

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Jean-Yves Mvoto: Banned for Oldham

Jean-Yves Mvoto: Banned for Oldham

Team news ahead of the League One clash between Oldham and Crewe at Boundary Park.

Oldham boss Paul Dickov will be without the services of Jean-Yves Mvoto.

The central defender picked up his fifth booking of the season in the Boxing Day defeat to Doncaster and will serve a one-match ban.

Mvoto serves his second suspension of the season having already been sent off against Crawley.

Dickov tried to claim a case of mistaken identity, insisting James Wesolowski was the offender, but Latics have no right of appeal.

Fellow defenders Connor Brown and Carl Winchester will battle it out for a place at the back.

Robbie Simpson is also suspended and serves the second of a three-game ban following his red card at Yeovil last weekend.

Crewe boss Steve Davis has hinted at changes to his starting XI.

The Alex blew a half-time lead at Tranmere on Boxing Day to lose 2-1 and Davis has demanded improvement.

Mathias Pogba and Lauri Dalla Valle were both hauled off at Prenton Park and could be replaced from the start this time by Max Clayton and Byron Moore.

Kelvin Mellor is also in the reckoning after making the bench at Rovers, while Ajay Leitch-Smith may also be in contention.

"Kelvin isn't quite match fit but he's looking stronger each day," Davis told the Crewe Guardian.

"Ajay will take a little bit longer, mainly because he has been out for such a long time. We'll ease him in and if that means putting him on the bench and using him as an impact player, he can do that."

Ollie Turton (thigh) and goalkeeper Steve Phillips (shin/ankle) are still troubled by injury complaints.

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3 Swindon Town 37 70
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6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
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11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 38 52
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33