Paul Dickov predicts fiery encounter as Oldham Athletic face Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon Town

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov believes he is expecting the fourth official’s ears to be burning as he squares up to Paolo Di Canio for the first time as a manager.

Swindon Town travel to Boundary Park as the Latics look to keep up their mini-revival against the Robins, who were promoted as League Two champions.

Dickov, who was nicknamed the Wasp by Joe Royle while playing for Manchester City, joked that the fourth official should stay away from the touchline.

“Personally I cannot see any problems on the touchline as Paolo and I are both shy and reserved characters,” Dickov said.

“I think the fourth official is going to be sat in the stand.

“I played against Paolo a time of times during my career, and I can even recall swapping shirts with him on one occasion.

“I know people give him stick for being overzealous, but I think he is a great character as he is passionate about his football as he also showed when he played.”

Oldham go into the game with four wins in five and are hopeful wide men Cristian Montano (thigh) and Lee Croft (ankle) will recover from knocks to feature.

Alex Cisak will continue in goal as Dean Bouzanis completes his suspension while 17-year-old Chris Sutherland misses out through a knee injury.

The Reds’ squad that Di Canio has assembled, which sits in eighth place just three points off the play-offs, has impressed Dickov.

“We will need to be at our best because Swindon have a strong squad,” added Dickov.

“Swindon have a lot of players who could and should be playing at a higher level.

“They have spent a lot of money, but spent it well and find themselves just outside the play offs.”

Robins’ captain Alan McCormack returns from suspension while midfield duo Alan Navarro, who scored against Oldham in 2009, and Tommy Miller are fit again after long term injuries.

Image courtesy of Oldham Athletic, with thanks.
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