Oldham Athletic are in action this weekend as they host promotion-chasing Northampton Town at Boundary Park with head-coach Dino Maamria looking to make home advantage count.
Oldham have had a slight upturn in form recently after a win and a draw in their last two outings. The Latics’ previous fixture was a hard thought 0-0 draw away at Port Vale and Oldham will have been disappointed not to gain the three points after Segbe Desire Azankpo missed a golden chance in the last minutes of the game.
After the game, Oldham Head-Coach Maamria thought they deserved more as he said: "I'm gutted we didn't get the three points because we outplayed them in every department. I thought we were outstanding.
"We played around them all afternoon. We know they're going to throw the big boys up front and long balls with Bennett and then Pope coming on.”
Oldham’s opponents Northampton represent a tough task for Maamria’s side but with the home advantage and their recent run of form they will be hoping to cause an upset. Northampton have had a good start to league two this season as they aimed to build on their 15th place finish in the last campaign. They currently occupy 8th place in the table after a good start but they are one of the ‘in form’ teams in the league at the moment after winning their last three games.
Their last fixture was a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Cambridge United. Both goals came in the first half as Harry Smith's fine finish and an own goal from George Taft lifted the Cobblers to within three points of the top seven.
Ahead of the game, Maamria is in an optimistic mood as he said: "As a game we're looking forward to it and come into it in a good moment. Hopefully our fans will come in with numbers to back us as it's a big game for us. We need them and if we come out with the right result we'll be in a much better place."