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Mellon Ahead Of Season Run-In

5 March 2024

Club News

Mellon Ahead Of Season Run-In

5 March 2024

The games keep coming, thick and fast, but manager Micky Mellon wants his side to keep the good momentum and feel-good factor going, as his Latics side enter the final ten matches of the season.

Latics come into tonight’s match on the back of a good point against Southend, and a superb victory against Eastleigh.

With some big games on the horizon, Micky knows the magnitude of such matches but doesn’t want to get too ahead of himself.

“We’re just trying to keep things ticking over, we’re taking each game as we see it, but go into every game wanting to win it, and wanting to take maximum points.

“It’s important for us at this time of the season that we get results, and keep momentum going.

“With ten games to go, it’s vital we do that, every game matters.

“Testing yourselves against the best in the division is exactly what you want to see your team do, and if we can pick up another good result tonight, that would be fantastic, especially at such an important part of the season.”

Once you’ve got ten games left of a season, each team’s rough position has already been decided, but what's yet to be decided is the exact placement.

With the gap between teams around Oldham as close as ever, Micky is acutely aware that every point will count come matchweek 46, and wants full focus from his players.

“We’re approaching the business end of the season, as a football club and football player, these games are the ones you want to be involved in at the end of the campaign, with the hope you’ll get your rewards with a play-off run.

“We’re not one to get too excited or ahead of ourselves, we’ll take it one by one, but we know that we have ten games to get results now.

“There aren’t any second chances in that respect, you either get the wins and points not, or you don’t and miss out on your goal.

“The weather’s starting to change now, we’re seeing a bit of sun, even at Boundary Park!

“It’s all building up towards the end of the campaign.

“I’m the first person to say that I want us to play a brand of football that the home supporters want to come and see.

“We’re still working towards that, and I think that can be seen.

“The group of players we have are desperately keen to put in performances and get results at home.

“I know it’s been said a lot about the difference between our home and away form, but we want to take what we do on the road, and bring it to Boundary Park.

“We got a point against a good Southend side on Saturday, and I think the home supporters appreciated that we gave a good account of ourselves against one of the better sides in this division.

“I’ve been here 20 or so games, but I’m enjoying working with the players and I’m looking forward to working with them further.”

Winger Devarn Green was carried off half an hour on Saturday, with a suspected ankle injury.

Having had an initial assessment, he’ll now go for further tests and scans to assess the full extent of the injury.

“It’s ligament damage for Devarn.

“We’re going to know more when he goes for a scan in Manchester, until then we’ve just got to wait.

“Everyone else is fully fit though, and that’s great because competition drives good performances, from a team and individual point of view.

“No one should be comfortable in a team, thinking they’re undroppable.

“If they’re not performing then there’s a suitable replacement behind them ready to take their place.”

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