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Match Preview: Oldham Athletic vs Wigan Athletic

Another home win last weekend kept Wigan in sight of the top. Yet it isn’t our home form we need to worry about, with having won only one game away from home this season; that is why we aren’t at the very top.

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Going into the game this weekend the confidence in the dressing room must be higher than ever. A complete team rebuilt over the summer is adapting to life in League One very very well, whilst being a much younger group of players. Yet that is the philosophy of our new manager you can see that he wants teams filled with energy and talent to bring the best out of everyone; so far so good.

At home we have been unstoppable, away from home questionable. The difference is hard to pin point. It feels at times like we struggle without the ball, if we don’t have it after a while we start to lose focus and mistakes are made leading to goals.

Hopefully we are starting to learn from our mistakes and the team can put in a performance and start picking up away wins.

Going into the game today Wigan look more than likely to continue to miss Will Griggs, Craig Davies, Craig Morgan and Cisco Junior as they all start to return from their respective injuries. One player who could be in the frame for a surprise return is striker Grant Holt. Holt made it through 90 minutes with the Development Squad this week and you wonder if a call up to the bench is on the cards.

Leon Barnet is also expected to make a return having served his one match ban.

Now to the home side and the other Latics. A tough start to the season has seen changes already for Oldham has David Dunn has taken over the helm as temporary manager after an indifferent start to the season. Surprisingly Oldham have only lost two games so far, yet they have only managed one win. Yet eight points from eight games sees them fill the last relegation spot going into the game today.

Since David Dunn has taken the helm though loan signings have joined the ranks to give Oldham some new impetus. One such signing Michael Higdon could prove to be a handful for the Wigan back line; that is if Dunn gives him his debut this afternoon.

As Gary Caldwell said in his press conference yesterday. With Dunn being still fairly new to the job and new signings coming in, it is hard to predict just what side they will put out and how we can best play to beat them.

If our lads can carry the home performances with them this week, we won’t need to worry about Oldham’s line up. Hopefully it would mean three points and us keeping the pressure on the top of League One.