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Mellon On Return To League Action

23 January 2024

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Mellon On Return To League Action

23 January 2024

Manager Micky Mellon wants to see consistency from his Latics side in tonight’s game against Barnet.

Mellon’s team return to Boundary Park for the first of successive home matches, resuming National League action after a 17-day break.

Whilst victory in Latics’ last league game moved them into sixth position, tonight’s visitors currently occupy third spot, giving the fixture an extra edge.

“The game itself has the makings of a really good contest and I’m very much looking forward to it,” the manager said.

“We were clearly disappointed that the weekend’s game at Eastleigh was postponed but we had a good session on Monday and we’re prepared for this match.

“We’d have all liked to play more games over the last few weeks but postponements are part and parcel of football and we always have to adapt.

“For us, it’s about consistently trying to get results no matter who we play. We have to keep that points tally ticking over and make sure we’re ready for any type of team.

“I have a vision of what I want my Oldham team to look like and were making strides towards that, but we are still not the finished article, we are very much a work in progress”.

Yesterday marked Mellon’s hundredth day in charge of Latics and they go into this evening’s fixture on the back of three straight league wins.

Despite the improvements, he is keen to ensure standards remain high.

“If you’d have told me that by my hundredth day we’d have been in the play-off positions I’d have definitely taken it,” he added.

“I’ve got to know the club a whole lot better, the supporters have hopefully got to know me and everyone can see that we’re all working towards a common goal.

“It’s now about building on the work we’ve done and keep growing it, finding that consistency and really taking this club forward.

“I have a clear picture of how I want my Oldham team to play, and I know there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“We are all focused on what needs to be done but I must stress that things are still going to take time.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in different area but we have certainly got the energy and passion to get this club to where it belongs to be”.

With no new injury concerns for tonight’s fixture, Mellon is optimistic heading into the next set of fixtures.

“Barnet will be a good test for us, they’re one of the better teams in the division, so we’re going to get to see where we’re at,” he added.

“We’ve got no injury concerns. James Norwood wouldn’t have played on Saturday because he had a bit of a niggle, but he was back in training yesterday.

“So that’s good news for us, and we’re ready to go for what we expect to be a cracker of a game.”


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