Dogged Oldham Athletic desperate to roll with punches and snatch victory from under noses of Coventry City

By Matthew Lees

Almost two decades since Oldham Athletic’s last visit to Coventry City, manager Paul Dickov is confident of bringing a positive result back to Boundary Park.

In their first ever trip to the Ricoh Arena, Latics are hoping to secure their maiden league win of 2013.

Having come from behind to grab a point against Scunthorpe in their last away outing in League One, Dickov believes his team must continue their positive away performances.

“Recently our away form has been quite good and we know we are capable of picking up points,” said the Scot.

“We have to take confidence knowing there is not a lot in most games as there is in many matches in this division.

“We have to go there and to be positive. In fairness to the boys, especially away from home, we have looked a threat attacking wise.”

Australian James Wesolowski completes his three-match ban while midfield partner and captain Dean Furman is in South Africa on African Cup of Nations duty.

Forward Robbie Simpson is aiming to get one over his past team as he returns to the Ricoh Arena for the first time since leaving the Sky Blues in 2009.

“There is no better time than now to score against my ex club,” said Simpson.

Coventry are managed by Chadderton-raised and former Manchester United striker Mark Robins, who scored the winning goal against Oldham in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final replay.

They are likely to keep the side that beat league leaders Tranmere 1-0 on Wednesday – ex-Latics loanee Leon Clarke, who scored for Scunthorpe at Boundary Park back in September, should start.

Despite the wintry weather the game is expected to go ahead with Coventry hoping to extend their eight-year run without a postponement since moving into the Ricoh Arena.

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