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Posted Fri 19 Dec 14

MATCH PREVIEW: Latics Travel To Stadium:MK

Latics travel to Stadium:MK tomorrow to take on high-flying MK Dons in the Sky Bet League One fixture.

Athletic enter the game on the back of a 4-0 home drubbing to Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town last weekend.

It was a bad day at the office for Latics and manager Lee Johnson pulled no punches in his post match press conference.

That result meant Athletic dropped to eighth in Sky Bet League One, level on points with Rochdale who occupy sixth position.

MK Dons come into the game without a win in two games after losing 1-0 to Chesterfield at home and being held to a draw by Preston North End at Deepdale.

Previously to those results, they had won five of their last six games which propelled them into sight of the automatic places.

Dons sit in third position, three points off Swindon Town in second place with a game in hand.

Latics have been boosted this weekend with the news that captain Liam Kelly and top goalscorer Jonathan Forte could return to the starting 11 after missing last weekend's heavy defeat. 

Amari Morgan-Smith is back in contention after recovering from injury and there are no other injury worries for Latics ahead of the game.

MK Dons have no new injury doubts ahead of tomorrow's game.

Speaking about tomorrow's clash, boss Johnson admitted his players do not fear the trip to Stadium:MK.

He said: "We still believe we have good players and of course we have had one horror show and that is the only one in my spell where we really have capitulated. 

"It is a challenge now for me managerially, the players to get their form going and it goes to show how quickly the turnaround can be. We have to continue down our pursuits of excellence and make sure when we go through these little spells that we iron them out quickly.

"I've seen MK Dons two or three times. They have a lot of talented individuals and they are top of the form table at home and we were second in the form table as of Saturday so we have to go there and it won't be an easy game. 

"We do have the players that can affect anybody in this division. We go into Saturday hurting but confidence remaining in tact given where we are in the division."

February 2014 - Sky Bet League One              
Oldham Athletic (McDonald) 1-2 MK Dons 

Saturday, December 13 - Sky Bet League One         
Preston North End 1-1 MK Dons (Baker)

Saturday, December 13 - Sky Bet League One
Oldham Athletic 0-4 Yeovil Town

TOP SCORERS                
Jonathan Forte (13) - (18) Benik Afobe 

Dele Alli - The 18-year-old has started this season in impressive form which has seen him linked with moves to several Premier League sides. The youngster, who has come through the ranks at Stadium:MK, has scored nine goals already this season and has assisted four. The midfielder has also been capped by England at Under 20 level.

MK Dons: 3/4 Draw: 11/4 Oldham Athletic: 18/5 

Sky Bet have made MK Dons clear favourites for tomorrow afternoon's clash.

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