Oldham Athletic are a club drenched in FA Cup history, with a reputation built on beating teams from higher divisions but on Sunday (6th January) that reputation was enhanced further as they produced one of the shocks of the FA Cup third round.
Caretaker manager Pete Wild remains unbeaten at the helm following the 2-1 win at Craven Cottage but that’s not even close to the story as goals from Sam Surridge and Callum Lang saw Latics come from behind to claim a famous win.
It moves the club into the fourth-round draw of the competition for the first time since 2013.
Backed by over 4,000 fans who made the long trip down to the banks of the Thames it looked like the upset that everyone had gone to see wasn’t going to happen when Denis Odoi gave the host a 52-minute lead.
That followed a first half which won’t live long in the memory but the second 45 minutes more than made up for it.
After going a goal down, it could’ve been easy for Oldham Athletic to crumble but this side appear to be made of tougher stuff and they got their rewards with 14 minutes left of the game from the penalty spot.
Peter Clarke was bundled over in the area, right under the nose of the referee who wasted no time in pointing to the spot.
It left Sam Surridge with the honours of converting the spot kick, which he did with ease to give Latics hope of an upset.
Those hopes appeared to have been dashed though as Fulham were award a penalty of their own with manager Claudio Ranieri bringing on striker Mitrovic with his first touch being to convert the spot kick.
But Daniel Iversen had over ideas and guessed correct to turn away the penalty much to the joy of the Latics’ fans behind him.
That set the stage for the grandstand finish provided by Callum Lang but only after Gevaro Nepomuceno delivered a delicious cross to the back post where Lang jumped higher than anyone else to send the ball back across goal and into the net.
Cue crazy scenes on the pitch as the players celebrated the goal, on the touchline with Latics fan and caretaker manager Pete Wild jumping up and down for joy and in the stand with 4,000 Oldham fans going crazy.
They had to wait almost another ten minutes before the referee finally blew the final whistle to see Oldham Athletic into the hat for the fourth round of the FA Cup and their Premier League hosts scratching their heads at what went wrong.
Oldham Athletic will be ball number 17 for the fourth-round draw which takes place on Monday night (7th January).