Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 7:32am

Paul Dickov praises Oldham Athletic's 'steel' after securing back-to-back wins, but wants more improvement

Paul Dickov praises Oldham Athletic's 'steel' after securing back-to-back wins, but wants more improvement

By Colin Henrys

Paul Dickov believes Oldham Athletic can still improve despite Jonathan Grounds' goal helping them to a 1-0 home win against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Grounds, playing in midfield due to Christian Montano's suspension, scored his first Oldham goal after 13 minutes and Latics held on to secure back-to-back wins.

Dickov praised his players' improved mentality after bouncing back from defeat to Bournemouth but felt performances on the pitch can still improve.

"After the defeat at Bournemouth, it was important we picked up six points from the next two games," he told the club’s website.

"And to be fair to the players they have done that, even though we have not been at our best football wise in both games.

"The boys have shown steel in both of them. We have shown a lot of endeavour and energy and we defended very well."

Alongside Montano, Dickov was without top scorer Jose Baxter for the match as the former Everton youngster was also suspended.

Defeat at Bournemouth put the Latics in the relegation zone, but the victory over Shrewsbury lifts them to 16th ahead of Tuesday's trip to Doncaster, with Baxter and Montano are available again.

Oldham face a league and cup double against Doncaster, with Rovers visiting Boundary Park four days later, and Dickov believes Saturday's win provides a timely boost.

"To keep a clean sheet as well as getting the three points will give the boys confidence going into next week's two games against Doncaster Rovers," he said.

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