Some notes on Spurs loanees Kion Etete and Jamie Bowden’s respective performances in the Northampton Town v Oldham Athletic game:

Spurs loanee Jamie Bowden completed the entirety of Oldham Athletic’s most recent League Two game, which was against Northampton Town on Tuesday evening. While centre-forward and Spurs loanee Kion Etete completed 83 minutes of the match for Northampton Town, and he also scored an important goal for the home side. The game took place at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium, and in the following piece I will be writing down some notes (in chronological order) from each players performance.

Kion Etete: Starting the game well, centre-forward Kion Etete was impressing early on in the match. His first real involvement of the game came when he headed over a looping cross into the Oldham penalty area, from Sam Hoskins. Shortly afterwards and inside the Oldham box after a free-kick, the 19 year old appeared to  (I’m not 100% on whether he did or not) get a foot on the ball to direct it towards Jon Guthrie who finished well, after the ball had fortuitously came Kion’s way. Etete then came very close getting contact on the ball from a low whipped cross in from the left flank into the Oldham box. However, defender Carl Piergianni was able to clear the ball. A couple of minutes later the Derby born player headed over Mitchell Pinnock’s corner-kick into the Oldham box. Then and after making a run to the near post of the Oldham goal, Kion headed over Aaron McGowan’s cross back across the goal and wide. The Spurs player was winning all of his aerial duels, and also drifting out wide and making runs down the right flank on occasions. Trying to turn provider, Kion received the ball on the right flank, before delivering the ball into the Oldham box, but it was cleared away.

In the 38th minute of the game Northampton doubled their advantage, through Kion Etete. Mitchell Pinnock’s cross from the left was met by Etete inside the Oldham box, and he set himself up well to receive the ball before directing the ball across the goal and into the far corner of the net, on the volley. Shortly before the half-time whistle went Kion played a clever one-two with Pinnock, but the Oldham goalkeeper rushed out of his box, and Kion was unable to make sufficient contact with the ball to control it. Continuing to press well and holding the ball up well during the second half, Northampton’s player of the match wasn’t involved a lot in the second half (he came off in the 83rd minute of the match) as Oldham grew back into the game more. However, this was another impressive performance from Kion, who continues to do well for Northampton.

Jamie Bowden: Starting in central midfield alongside former Manchester United player Callum Whelan, Jamie Bowden’s first real involvement of the game arrived early on. After making a good pass to start a forward move for Oldham, the ball came back to Bowden out on the right flank, but his resulting cross went behind for a goal kick. During the first half the Republic of Ireland youth international wasn’t able to really receive the ball in great positions, as Northampton were seeing a lot of the ball. Early on in the second half Bowden made an ambitious forward lofted pass towards Hallam Hope inside the Northampton box, but Hope was unable to head the ball down to a teammate. Then after winning the ball inside Oldham’s half Jamie brought the ball forward into the Northampton half, but his final pass was intercepted by a Northampton player on this occasion. Substitute Dylan Bahamboula sent a low cross into the Northampton box, but the goalkeeper Liam Roberts got a hand on the ball and it set up for Bowden, whose header towards goal was cleared. Bowden was getting on the ball a lot more during the second half, and after his ball into the Northampton box was cleared away by Jon Guthrie, Bowden’s final involvement of the game was to receive the ball out on the left flank. He then made a reverse pass back to Sam Hart inside the Oldham box, but his effort was saved by the Northampton goalkeeper.

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