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Oldham boss Paul Dickov praises ‘determination and desire’ of squad ahead of tough Leyton Orient clash

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov feels that his side must maintain their high standards that saw them remain unbeaten during October.

The Latics face Leyton Orient, who have won six and drawn one of their last ten competitive fixtures, tomorrow at Boundary Park.

Dickov knows the in-form east Londoners will provide stiff opposition, but expects his side to come through due to the spirit in the squad.

“The O’s, like ourselves, are enjoying a good run of form at the moment after we both had slow starts to the season,” Dickov told the club’s website.

“They have picked up recently so we know it will be a tough, tough game.

“They will be coming here with a lot of confidence and will believe they can win the game.

“There is a really good spirit among the group as anybody at the game last Saturday could see the determination and desire to do the right things.

“That has to be the starting point for every game and tomorrow will be tough because, after the last three games, people will be expecting us to win.”

Oldham have a fully fit squad to choose from and welcome back Dean Furman who missed out last week against Sheffield United due to international duty.

Reece Wabara is available after Latics extended his loan deal during the week while striker Matt Smith is pushing for a start after scoring at Bramall Lane.

Orient, who are looking for back to back wins for only the second time this season, are likely to be without striker Kevin Lisbie who is nursing a hamstring problem.

Defender Simon Cuthbert also has a hamstring problem while goalkeepers Jamie Jones (shoulder) and Lee Butcher (knee) are also unavailable.

O’s Captain Nathan Clarke, who branded Dickov an ‘unbelievable’ manager this week, returns to Boundary Park having spent five months on loan at Oldham last season.

Meanwhile, as part of the Greater Manchester Football Initiative, Bury season-ticket holders will be able to gain admission to the League One game against Leyton Orient for £5.

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