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Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov urges Latics to ‘go out and enjoy’ FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov is hoping the return of the FA Cup can motivate his side to give the fans something to shout about.

Latics travel to the City Ground, backed by at least 2,500 fans, to face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the competition.

Unbeaten in their last five meetings against Forest, Dickov believes his side have nothing to lose.

“The one thing we can do is to go out and enjoy ourselves,” Dickov told the club’s website. “Nobody is expecting us to get anything from the game so we can go and have a really good go.

“I want to win the game and, if not, let’s try and get Forest back here. There will be no pressure on us and all the pressure will be on them and we can go there with a lot of confidence. 

“It will also be great for the players because it is a fantastic stadium and there will be lots of fans there.” 

Australian James Wesolowski is suspended after being sent-off on New Year’s Day while winger Cristian Montano and defender James Tarkowski are both injured.

Captain Dean Furman is available having delayed his flight to the African Cup of Nations until after the game and Robbie Simpson returns – much to the delight of Dickov.

“It is a big plus because before his suspension Robbie, by his own admission, was just getting back to the fitness levels we all know he should be at,” added Dickov who was at Arsenal when they won the FA Cup in 1993.

“He has trained well, put in a lot of extra work and he will be ready for Saturday.” 

Forest recently appointed Alex McLeish, who won the League Cup with Birmingham City in 2011, as their new manager to replace Sean O’Driscoll.

Midfielder Simon Gillett may return for the Reds but striker Matt Derbyshire is cup-tied having played in the previous rounds while on-loan at Oldham.

Forest beat Latics in the 1990 League Cup final at Wembley and are unbeaten in the last three cup meetings between the sides.

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