Two Oldham Fixtures in April to Show Next Season’s Credentials
With only nine games remaining and all hope of promotion and fear of relegation diminishing as each day passes. Latics can perhaps put the off field shenanigans behind them and, concentrate on doing what they are paid to do, entertain the Boundary Park faithful.
That might not be so easy, however, as 4 of the remaining games are against sides with a very real chance of going up, who will not want to ruin their season at such a late stage by losing to a nothing to play for mid-table side.
Latics fans will be looking at how the return to the first team as coach will affect Peter Wild, given his heroics early this year. There are two fixtures which will show whether Oldham are thinking ahead to next season and, may indicate whether the current squad needs to be completely rebuilt or strengthened in certain areas.
This will probably be best illustrated against two sides who have had a similar season to ourselves (on the pitch) and cannot go up or down.
Oldham v Swindon 13.4.19
Oldham’s home form has taken quite a dip lately, but the visit of Swindon and former player/manager Richie Wellens should be enough to generate some interest. Wellens will certainly be looking to get one over on his former club, after being sacked when Latics were relegated at the end of last season. Currently seven points off the play offs, they have probably not got sufficient momentum to take them over the line, despite, having several fixtures against the League’s bottom teams.
Cheltenham v Oldham 19.4.19
Cheltenham have been enjoying some decent form lately but it has come too late in the season to make much impact. Currently on the same number of points as Athletic, their focus seems to have been pulling away from the relegation places which they have done successfully. Key to their revival has been the goals contributed by 36 year old Luke Varney, and Athletic will be looking for their defence to keep the former Blackpool man quiet. With six wins out of their last eight home games, that won’t be so easy but it is a task Latics are going to have to get used to if they are going to show some intent next season.