Paul Dickov urges Oldham Athletic to keep focus on relegation battle and not FA Cup clash with Liverpool

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov has urged his side to keep their eyes on the ball against Brentford and dismiss all thoughts of Liverpool.

Latics face the Bees in their last home game before the FA Cup fourth round against the Premier League side but are without a league win since December 8.

And this poor run of form has become a concern for Dickov ahead of promotion-chasing Brentford’s visit.

“While we look forward to playing Liverpool, we have a lot of hard games coming up,” said the Scot.

“We don’t want to take our eye off the league which is the most important thing. 

“There is a little gap between the clubs beneath us in the table and we need to drag ourselves away from that group behind us at the bottom and make the gap wider.” 

Oldham have lost their last three matches against the Bees and will be without winger Cristian Montano who faces two months out with a torn thigh muscle.

On-loan full-back Reece Wabara has returned to Manchester City while midfield pair James Wesolowski and Dean Furman are unavailable through suspension and international duty respectively.

However, Dickov is confident after a surprise win against Brentford after shocking Nottingham Forest last week.

“We fancy our chances as there is a lot of confidence running through the club after last Saturday when we beat a top Championship team which was three points outside the play offs,” added Dickov.

“My message to the players will be to have a go at Brentford and, like Forest, nobody will be expecting us to win so let’s do it again.”

The Bees are managed by Dickov’s close friend and former Manchester City teammate Uwe Rosler, who signed a new contract and was nominated for December’s League One manager-of-the-month award this week.

Former midfielder Tom Adeyemi, who played 36 times while on loan at Boundary Park last season, should play.

Image courtesy of Manchester City, via YouTube, with thanks.

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