Latics’ return to action is long overdue

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Oldham will have to remove the cobwebs before seeking to continue their unbeaten run.

The Latics haven’t played since November 27 when they drew 1-1 with Rochdale after Cedric Evina had given them a first half lead.

Following postponements in the last two weekends, match practice has been hard to come by for Paul Dickov’s men and it could not have come at a worse time.

The side have been unbeaten in five league games, stretching back to October 23. Following games against Walsall and Swindon last weekend falling foul of the weather, there is a danger that the momentum the side had built could be thrown into jeopardy, scuppering the march towards the play-offs that Oldham have made in recent weeks.

While disruption to the footballing calendar has been widespread, Oldham’s opponents this weekend Milton Keynes Dons have not been hit quite as hard by the frost.

However, the Dons will be able to take little advantage of their match practice last weekend. A 2-0 defeat at Notts County has made it three defeats on the spin for Karl Robinson’s side, who have fallen into mid-table after a promising start.

The Dons will be hoping that their opponents’ lack of sharpness will level the playing field and allow them to pull off a surprise result in the battle of the rookie managers.

For Dickov, the challenge is simpler. Maintenance of the Latics’ pre-frost form should see them take the trip back up north with three points in tow and a play-off place not far behind as the busy Christmas period beckons.

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Paul Dickov
League One
Oldham Athletic

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