‘We’ve got to be on our metal’: Oldham Athletic coach Paul Murray issues rallying cry ahead of Posh clash

By Matthew Lees

After the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Walsall, Oldham Athletic Head Coach Paul Murray wants Latics to bounce back against Peterborough United.

Athletic travel to London Road for the first time since 2010, aiming to end Peterborough’s 100% start to 2013/14 season.

Murray believes Oldham, who lost 5-2 on their last trip to Posh, have a chance against the early promotion favourites but will have to improve.

 “We’re expecting a performance individually and collectively for this weekend. We’ve got to be on our metal,” Murray, 36, told Latics Player.

“We know we can score goals for sure but at Stevenage we conceded three.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us we know that but we’ve got a good chance of doing well.”

Ex-Posh midfielder James Wesolowski –scorer for United in the 5-2 game –will hope to feature, but summer signing Jonson Clarke-Harris, who moved from Peterborough, is an injury doubt along with Jose Baxter and David Mellor.

Earlier today left back Joseph Mills signed on a 28-day loan from Burnley and Danny Philliskirk joined on non-contract terms and are both available for selection.

Peterborough were relegated last season but have a rich array of attacking talent including Lee Tomlin – who was given a £12 million price tag – and have scored ten goals in their opening three games.

“They are good up front,” added Murray.

“They play a little diamond, control the ball well but they are vulnerable at the back. They really go for it so that’s what we’ve got to try and exploit.”

The match also pits the son of Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, Lee, against the son of recently-retired Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren.

Image courtesy of Rodney Burton, with thanks

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