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Colclough returns to training ahead of Oldham clash

17 September 2019

Manager Paul Hurst says Ryan Colclough trained on Monday and returns to contention for the home League Two clash against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.

United enter the game looking to build on a 3-0 home victory over Morecambe at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday, and could overtake the Latics in the table with a victory.

Should there be no reaction to his return to training from a groin injury, Colclough’s addition is likely to be the only change to the matchday squad from the weekend.

Hurst told iFollow Iron: “Ryan trained on Monday and looked fine, so he’s one who could come back into the squad. There are no fresh injuries from the weekend.

“(Everyone who played on Saturday) staked a claim and there’s the old saying of not changing a winning side. You have to judge it on performance and also fitness. We have a couple of lads I’m conscious of who haven’t played as much football as we’d have liked for various reasons, and certainly not Saturday-Tuesday. We’ll look at that and try to make the best decision.

“Whatever we decide, the bench could play a big part on Tuesday and if you can have people coming on with fresh legs, who can really affect the game in an attacking sense then that could be key.”

Talking about the lift the result at the weekend provided everybody, he continued: “Getting that win just puts a smile on everyone’s face. We’ll try and carry it over to Tuesday night and see if we can build on the victory. It is important to try and get a performance because the more often you perform well, the more likely you are to get the results you want.

“Up to Saturday, some of the performances have been good and we’ve done enough to at least match the opposition in those games but have found a way to come out on the wrong side of it.  

“Thankfully, after a nervy start (on Saturday), we played some good football, especially after going in front, where you could see the confidence coming back into some of the players.

“In the second-half, we could have certainly added to the scoreline. There was still a little edginess on our play and thought processes, which comes when you haven’t won a game for a long time naturally. We’ve overcome that hurdle now and will try to build on the victory, starting with Oldham on Tuesday.”

Talking about the prospect of the clash with the Latics, he continued: “We all look for things and as manager it’s part of your job to look for signs and ways to help that or counter it. At the same time, there’s always another team on the pitch trying to cause you problems.

“When you’re at home, there’s a train of thought that you’re the home team and you should take the game to the opposition. We’ll try and do that but Oldham will come and don’t play, from what I’ve seen, the same way whether they’re home or away. They try and have possession, push on forward and play open football that can cause teams problems.

“We’ll try to be aware of that, stay disciplined and keep a good shape out of possession. Then, when we win the ball, we need to understand how we can cause them problems. If we can do that like we did on Saturday, playing good football and take advantage of that by scoring goals, we should give ourselves a chance.”

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