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PREVIEW: OLDHAM ATHLETIC (H)

26 February 2016

The Iron will hope to return to winning ways when they take on Oldham at Glanford Park on Saturday.

United will be looking to bounce back from last week's loss at Fleetwood with a victory that could make it five wins out of six.

Visitors Oldham are in a great run of form themselves though, having gone five games without defeat, including a midweek win at Peterborough.

That was not enough to lift them out of the League One bottom four, but shows encouraging signs for boss John Sheridan.

A win for the Latics could lift them out of the bottom four, while a victory for the Iron could close the gap on the League One play-offs.



The Iron will assess both Stephen Dawson and Luke Williams ahead of the game.

Williams has sat out the last two with a slight knock, but Nick Daws said he was hopeful the attacker will be available after completing training this week.

Midfielder Dawson came off at Fleetwood last week as a precaution and will hope to join a near full strength Iron squad.




Former Iron striker Jonathan Forte's goals could be crucial if Oldham are to secure League One safety this season.

The forward netted in the recent 2-1 victory against promotion hopefuls Gillingham and will hope to build on that as the season reaches it's climax.

Forte started at Sheffield United, but found it difficult to make an impression so went on loan to Doncaster on three occasions.

Following his spell at Sheffield United, he joined the Iron in 2007 and went on to play for the club for four years.

In the early part of his spell with United he went out on loan to Notts County before returning to play a role in the first team.

He left in 2011, joining Southampton, but endured a frustrating time on the South Coast and was loaned out to Preston, Notts County, Crawley and Sheffield United.

Forte joined Oldham in 2014 and has been a regular scorer since his move and he will hope to maintain that for the rest of the season.



Oldham secured a late victory on their visit to Glanford Park last season, winning 1-0 in February 2015.

The first half was uneventful, with both teams struggling to create too many clear cut chances as both 'keepers remained untroubled.

The second period followed a similar pattern, but just as it looked like the game was heading for a draw the visitors snatched a winner.

Carl Winchester ran at the Iron defence and fired home with six minutes remaining to give Oldham the points.

The win took the Latics into the play-offs, while it was only the third defeat in 15 matches.



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