Oldham boss Paul Dickov expecting ‘tough test’ from high-scorers Preston North End

By Colin Henrys

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov has urged his side to build on their midweek win at Crewe Alexandra when they face Preston North End at Boundary Park tomorrow.

The Latics go into the Lancashire Derby still searching for their first home win of the season but their 2-0 win at Gresty Road on Tuesday lifted them out of the relegation zone.

Dickov has warned his players to expect a tough match against seventh-placed Preston but hopes that the Crewe game can inspire them.

“The victory at Crewe was a fantastic boost for everybody and was badly needed,” he told the club’s website. “It also showed the players what they can do and what they can achieve.”

He added: “It will be a tough game. Preston are a good team as they showed with their win at Doncaster.

“They will be tough to break down, but we won’t be far away if we put on a similar performance and there is every chance we will get three points.”

Oldham are expecting their biggest home attendance of the season so far for the game, but may be without Jean-Yves M’voto for the clash after the defender injured his ankle in midweek.

The club confirmed there was no ligament damage, but James Tarkowski – who replaced him from the bench against Crewe and scored the first goal – may start in his place.

For Preston, Paul Huntington and David Buchanan face late fitness tests and Lee Trundle and Lee Holmes are long-term absentees.

Only league-leaders Tranmere Rovers have scored more goals than Preston this season, but the visitors’ form away from home has been mixed with two wins and two defeats from their five games.

The last time the clubs met at Boundary Park the match ended in a 1-1 draw, and Preston boss Graham Westley will not be taking anything for granted this time around either.

“The better team will win the points,” he told the club’s website.

“It is up to us to ensure we are in the right frame of mind to go and do the job in the right way.”

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