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Inconsistent Oldham Athletic can match League One leaders Tranmere Rovers, claims boss Paul Dickov

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov is looking forward to coming up against the league leaders Tranmere Rovers despite his side’s inconsistent form.

Rovers returned to the top of League One in midweek having had an impressive start to the season, surprising many.

But even though the Latics sit in 17th place, Dickov is confident of his teams’ chances against the Superwhites.

“I am really looking forward to the game because we are at our best when we play teams who play attacking football against us,” said Dickov.

“As I keep saying when we are at it, both with and without the ball, we can beat anybody in the division.

“We need to start the game on the front foot and, if we do, I expect us to win the game.”  

Jose Baxter, who spent three months on loan at Prenton Park last season, has recovered from a dead leg to feature in the squad, while Jean Yves M’voto completes a three-match ban.

Dickov has also given credit to former Oldham manager Ronnie Moore, who returns to Boundary Park for the first time since his re-appointment at Tranmere in March.

“Ronnie Moore has then playing good football and, to his credit, he has brought in some really good players. They try to play the right way are at the top on merit,” Dickov said.

“They play with a lot of freedom and confidence. They try and pass and, when the goalkeeper gets the ball, they try and play from the back.” 

Moore, who managed Oldham between March 2005 and May 2006, will be without two of the league’s top scorers Andy Robinson, who is suspended, and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro through injury.

Former Latics youth product Paul Black misses out on a first return toBoundary Park with a calf injury while striker Abdulai Bell-Baggie is sidelined with a knee problem.

Meanwhile, Oldham will have a Remembrance Day homage during the game with poppies on their shirt, people collecting at the turnstiles and a half-time tribute. 

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