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‘No crisis’: Oldham Athletic’s Paul Dickov issues rallying cry for Latics ahead of Bournemouth clash

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov believes his team have not become a bad side despite two losses in the last week.

Latics travel to Bournemouth – where they have won just twice in 26 visits – having suffered consecutive defeats to local rivals Bury and leaders Tranmere Rovers.

But Dickov admitted he was left disappointed by the recent results and had felt things were beginning to come together for his side.

“We thought we have turned the corner after suffering only one defeat in seven games only to suffer two defeats in the same week against two of our local rivals which was really disappointing,” said Dickov.

“Two defeats in the space of a week doesn’t make us a bad team overnight.

“It has been massively disappointing but I don’t buy into it that there is a crisis.” 

Midfield duo Dean Furman and James Wesolowski miss out due to suspension having picked up five yellow cards – however defender Jean-Yves M’voto returns having completed a three-game ban.

Bournemouth are unbeaten under Eddie Howe since he returned to the Cherries from Burnley, scoring 19 goals in seven games, something which Dickov admires.

“Eddie has gone in and rejuvenated Bournemouthand has picked them up since he went back,” he added.

The game at the Goldsands Stadium – where Latics last won in 2007 – is likely to be too soon for injured Simon Francis, so Steve Cook may deputise.

Striker Lewis Grabban, who had a loan spell at Boundary Park in 2006 as a teenager, may feature.

Meanwhile, Dickov and Jose Baxter were nominated for the October League One manager and player of the month awards, but lost out to Sheffield United pair Danny Wilson and George Long.

Picture credit: Oldham Athletic

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