Facing a game on Saturday where a win could put Oldham within four points of a playoff place, requires the best players at peak fitness and mental aptitude. Peter Wild knows that his choice for the starting line up at Colchester will be crucial given that Latics are attempting to win three league games in a row for the first time this season.
Key to our possible success is the role played by the midfield players. We have been lucky in being able to watch four players in particular improve as the season progressed. It should not be a difficult choice for Wild to pick the players who have more than earned their places in the last two games but the return of Jose Baxter after suspension could complicate matters.
Wild will probably stick with the winning formula of:
Not everyone’s first choice but his recent performances have qualified him for a starting place. If Baxter was to be included, Johan would probably find himself on the bench.
An extremely powerful player who had possibly his best game for the club against Tranmere. Hit his only goal of the season against Yeovil in Paul Scholes first game and, if he could add a few goals to his already capable repertoire he would certainly be able to play at a higher level.
Making up a French threesome in midfield is Maouche who even when not having the best of games shines out like a beacon. His defence splitting pass to Callum Lang for Oldham’s second goal against Tranmere was sheer class.
Another player who would be sorely missed if he wasn’t in the starting line up. A superb crosser of the ball and a useful player to have who can fill in at full back when needed.
Sub: Jose Baxter
The talented Scouser has struggled with fitness this season but is showing signs of hitting top form. His enforced absence from the side following the sending off at Lincoln, could mean that he is short of match practice. A formidable player to have on the bench however.