With somewhat of a feel-good factor beginning to grow at Latics, tonight’s game could come at just the right time.
A sturdy performance away at Tranmere has lifted some of the gloom, with fans turning out in their numbers, to witness a keenly fought draw. A telling aspect for me was that everyone stayed to applaud the team after the final whistle. Not the norm for Latics fans after a draw, especially after letting a lead slip.
A tired looking Ishmael Miller must surely be given a rest this evening in favour of top scorer Sam Surridge. For two games in a row he has come on to have a positive impact, and tonight’s game could see him be the difference between the sides.
This evenings game is an opportunity to make a real statement in League Two. Oldham are currently languishing in mid-table, but a small run of victories would see them shoot up the league.
One dilemma for Frankie Bunn, is the emergence of Callum Lang as a threat up top. This could give Bunn a headache, as he does like to have a target man as one of his strikers.
Personally, I would start Surridge and O’Grady. Miller needs to find his drive and hunger again, as he seemed to coast on Saturday. I would drop Lang and have him as an impact sub for tonight. Hopefully firing him up and providing fresh legs, as Surridge is unlikely to be able to compete for 90 minutes.
This is in no way an attack on Lang in the slightest as he has shown a great deal, but we now have four front men, and they need to be rotated.
The form of Lincoln has been a tad ‘iffy’ lately and many will feel this could be a great time to play them. Tuesday night, at the coldest ground in the country, on an already bitterly cold day. Get out there Oldham, get in their faces and make yourselves known. This could be the turning point of the season, whichever team wants it the most will most likely edge this one.