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‘Oldham must take confidence into Walsall tie’: Paul Dickov challenges Latics to pick up crucial points

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov is looking to build on his side’s FA Cup victory against Liverpool ahead of their visit to Walsall.

The Latics travel down the M6 at the end of a successful week, in which they were voted ninth in the Associated Press weekly Global Soccer Rankings.

With four new signings arriving at Boundary Park in the past week, Dickov wants his side to perform well.

“We have to take the performance, and confidence gained from it, into tomorrow’s game,” said the Scot.

“It won’t be easy as Walsall have done fantastically well, but we will go full of confidence and trying to win the game and gets points on board.

“Nobody needs to tell me we need to start picking up positive results in the league where out form has not been good enough.”

New signings Chris Iwelumo, Paul Murray, Jordan Obita and Lee Barnard are all in the squad to face the Saddlers.

James Wesolowski will retain the captain’s armband as his midfield partner Dean Furman is still at the Africa Cup of Nations.

With a plum home tie against Everton to look forward to, Dickov is urging his team to focus on the trip to the Banks’s stadium where Latics last lost in 2009.

“We have league games to win first because we need points,” added Dickov.

Reece Wabara’s loan spell has ended while fellow FA Cup goalscorer Matt Smith, voted the ninth best player of the week by Associated Press, is injured.

Youssouf M’Changama and Robbie Simpson also picked up injuries against Liverpool while Lee Croft will need to be registered ahead of the game after Derby cancelled his contract.

Ex-Latics captain Dean Holden, who made 113 appearances for Oldham, may feature along with midfielder Sam Mantom who had a loan spell at Boundary Park in 2011.

Athletic are unbeaten in their last six games against Walsall and have only lost once at the Banks’s Sadium since they were relegated into League One in 2004.

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