Oldham Athletic are set to host MK Dons as both sides look to climb away from the relegation zone.
Oldham Athletic enter the clash following a 2-2 draw away at promotion chasing Blackburn Rovers. Latics, who was backed by 2,300 supporters, went 2-0 up via a Duckens Nazon brace before a rampant second half display by Blackburn. Latics enter the six-pointer sat 21st in League One and are a point away from safety.
MK Dons head to Oldham looking to bounce from a 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth. MK Dons looked like they was going to be picking up a much needed three points until Pompey equalised on the 84th minute. Conor Chaplin struck a 90th minute winner to put the final nail in the coffin. That draw left them positioned 22nd in League One, 4 points away from safety. New Boss Dan Micciche is still yet to pick up a point as MK Dons manager.
Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens has praised his side’s team spirit after turning around a horrid winless run.
“The run we’ve been on has been disappointing but they players have all stuck and been true to themselves and that’s been really pleasing,” said Wellens.
“The fact that they’re willing to fight for every single ball each week even though they’ve been struggling. Hopefully now there are more wins ahead. Team spirit can take you a long way, when you look across the dressing room at your mates and you’re willing to run through brick walls for them it can go a long way.”
“There’s a good set of lads there and they’re all good characters. When you are losing you see what characters there are and they’ve all stepped up and now when you win a game you see the character from that side.”
Although the Dons currently occupy a relegation spot in the Sky Bet League One, Micciche is remaining calm about the future and believes things will turn.
“There is no point in panicking and turning to Plan B or C – we are trying to bring a new identity in. We should be higher up but we have to start turning this optimism into results – I think we’re getting there.”
He added: “Josh Tymon looked lively when he came on, Elliott will make us more solid and we’ve still got Ethan [Ethan Ebanks-Landell], Chuks [Aneke] , Aidan [Nesbitt], Peter [Pawlett] and Giorgio [Rasulo] to come in too.
“It’s a tough league, we know that, but if we didn’t have the ability in the dressing room then I’d say it was tougher. We’ve got winnable games coming up – we have to stay positive and it will turn.”
Last Meeting – MK Dons (Gilbey 17′) (Upson 56′ 89′) (Nesbitt 82′) 4-4 Oldham Athletic (Davies 7′) (Doyle 39′) (Walsh OG 45’+1) (Clarke 63′)