Two wins, two draws and a defeat out of the last five league games isn’t a disaster but neither is it consistent promotion form.
Oldham’s encouraging start to the season would be far more convincing if they had managed to beat any of the teams above them.
Instead, they lost recently to Newport and MK Dons on the opening day of the season and, only just avoided a home defeat to Colchester with a late rally when they found themselves 3-1 down.
I’m sure every Oldham supporter would agree that being at the top end of League Two is infinitely better than life at the foot of league one. However, there are still plenty of Latics fans who can give you that unenviable statistic of how long Oldham were in League One – 21 years.
There is an urgency, therefore, to see the club return there at the first attempt. Nobody wants to hear talk of five-year plans or periods of consolidation. We want to go back up this season and won’t take no for an answer!
Oldham have no happy memories of the playoffs despite only being involved in them twice and, given that League Two has the luxury of an additional automatic promotion place, a top three finish at manager Frankie Bunn’s first attempt will be the perfect end to his first proper managerial appointment.
October looks like an easy month for the Latics on paper with the opposition languishing in the bottom half of the table but, they may rue missed opportunities to beat sides like Swindon last Saturday.
With such a small squad, any injuries picked up can have a major effect on the team and the absence of Ousmane Fane till the new year, is obviously making Frankie Bunn’s team selection difficult.
If Latics are still in the hunt at Christmas however, this season could turn out to be the best one in years for those long-suffering fans.