Oldham Athletic lie in a precarious position after 11 games in League Two. Just four points clear of the relegation zone, is where nobody, not least a former Premier League side, wish to be.
Oldham have so far dropped seven points from winning positions, blowing a 1-0 lead against Crewe to lose 2-1, and consecutive 2-0 leads against Grimsby and Scunthorpe to draw 2-2. If the Latics want to pull away from the drop zone and ensure they aren’t in a relegation scrap in the latter half of the season they need to start doing the following two things to ensure that…
Stop silly mistakes to see out games
It may sound simple but Oldham would be ninth instead of 20th in League Two if they had managed to see out games where they had taken the lead. Instead of looking over their shoulders with 10 points at the relegation zone, they would potentially be dreaming of a play-off place.
The two consecutive two-goal leads they let slip against Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town in September, would have been particularly disappointing. Three of the four goals conceded in those two games game in the final 13 minutes, with Grimsby scoring their two goals in the last nine.
Laurent Banide questioned his player’s mentality after the Scunthorpe match, telling the official club website that they need to “desperately find a solution, because they so easily could have lost that game”.
Is it a concentration thing for Oldham or maybe some nerves going into the final stages of a game? Needless to say whatever the reason, the Latics need to address it quickly before they a dragged into a relegation battle.
Get their strikers firing
Of the twelve goals, Oldham have scored this term, only two have come from their strikers. Urko Vera and Desire Segbe Azankpo have only scored one goal each so far with centre-back David Wheater scoring just as many.
Oldham are averaging 11 shots a game, with this amassing just over 1 goal per game. Former Head Coach Laurent Banide stressed the importance of the Latics finishing games of and really taking their chances in games.
Speaking to Oldham’s club website, forward Scott Wilson, promised fans there is a lot more to come from both him and the side.
“It’s a new challenge for myself,” Wilson said. “It’s a good group and it can only get better from here”. Wilson, who signed on a free transfer from Macclesfield, in the summer acknowledged that sometimes a little self-doubt does creep in, however he does remind himself that he “is good and has to remind himself to keep doing what he is doing and that it will come good in his game”.
Banide may have questioned the mentality of his squad but it seems players like Wilson are keen to put things right at Boundary Park.
Oldham take on Cheltenham Town at Boundary Park, tomorrow.