There are lots of computations in the top third of League Two and rather than relying on some complicated algorithm, coach Peter Wild will be approaching each of the remaining six games with the calm and assured manner which he has come to be associated with.
He has wisely asked for calm heads among players, staff and fans as Latics approach the game against Swindon looking for their fourth win in a row. It is obvious that the team need to get a win against the Wiltshire club who are currently one place and two points above them in the table.
Earlier in the season, the teams managed a goalless draw which would normally be seen as a decent result for the visitors but neither team will be content to repeat it, especially as it might mean that other clubs can move above them. Now is not the time for half measures however, and only points in the bag will do.
Swindon will be as fully aware of this as Athletic and with one less game to play, their plight can be seen to be more urgent.
The game has been made more interesting by the return of ex-Oldham boss Richie Wellens, who described his exit from Boundary Park to the local newspaper as due to the poor playing surface forcing a change in his preferred playing style. As far as Latics fans were aware, he was sacked for being responsible for us dropping into the league’s basement for the first time in 50 years! Still, who can hold their hands up and say they have never been economical with the truth on their CV!
If Callum Lang can keep up his goalscoring antics backed up by a strong midfield, determined defence and safe hands in goal then there is no reason why Athletic can’t go into the Easter fixtures in a strong position.
The Boundary Park pitch might not presently be as lush as it should be, therefore at least Richie Wellens will have a ready made excuse if his team leave empty handed.