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Be consistent: Erratic Oldham Athletic need to take FA Cup motivation into League One, claims Paul Dickov

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov has urged his side to use last week’s FA Cup win as motivation to become more consistent ahead of their trip to Colchester United.

Latics travel to Essex to face an equally erratic team as they have matching records after 20 games with six wins, five draws and nine losses.

Having progressed to the third round of the FA Cup by defeating Doncaster Rovers, Dickov wants to use this as a springboard to climb up the table.

“We have taken confidence from last Saturday and also the confidence from winning three of our last four games,” he said.  

“We need to get some consistency to our play because we are where we are because of the results we have picked up.  

“It is all about consistency and, if you are not going to win the game, we have to make sure we don’t lose.”  

“If they think everything is rosy, that is when they get complacent and that is when we are at our worst.”  

Defender Cliff Byrne will return after completing a one match suspension but Dean Bouzanis is still suspended so fellow Australian Alex Cisak will continue in goal.

Robbie Simpson has recovered from illness, having missed the last four matches, to be included in the 21-man squad, with youngsters Connor Hughes and David Mellor dropping out.

Oldham lost 4-1 last season at the Weston Homes Community Stadium is why Dickov believes Colchester is a hard place to go, especially with Joe Dunne now at the helm.

“Colchester are always tough to play against at their place. Joe has taken over and changed the way they play,” added Dickov.  

Loan striker Jabo Ibehre returns for the U’s squad after missing their defeat against parent club MK Dons two weeks ago.

However, forward Gavin Massey is suspended after his red card in their 5-1 loss while centre back Matt Heath is doubtful with a calf problem.

Latics have not won atColchesterin seven attempts and are yet to win in their new stadium having last won in 2002 at the oldLayer Roadground.

Picture courtesy of Oldham Athletic, with thanks.

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