Saturday`s visitors to Boundary Park are said not to play the style of football that is very pleasing on the eye, but they don`t need to, the way they play has already got them two promotions and they are sitting very nicely in the league one table now.
They occupy 11th place after losing just once this season and they are four places and two points above Oldham.
Easy on the eye? Apparently not, effective? Yes.
“They`ll be just as tough as Huddersfield last Saturday, if not tougher.
“I`ve watched a number of their games this year; they`re direct and they`re a tight unit who get bodies behind the ball.
“They`ve done fantastically because back-to-back promotions at any level is tough.
“I was lucky to do it with Manchester City a few years ago; it breeds confidence and you can see from the results they`ve had that they`re a team playing with confidence.
“They`ve only lost once against the league leaders, MK Dons, so we know it will be a test.”
Oldham Ath Team News:
Oldham boss Paul Dickov has a problem at the left back roll ahead of the game with Stevenage at Boundary Park on Saturday.
Bradley Diallo is suspended after being sent off on his full debut during last weekend`s 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield.
Paul Black is also sidelined for five weeks with a torn groin muscle, leaving Dickov with major problems at the back.
Young David Mellor looks set to be handed the role.
Normally a midfielder, Mellor played left-back for the reserves in midweek and was named man of the match by reserve manager Lee Duxbury.
The rest of the team looks like being unchanged.
Player to watch: Shefki Kuqi
Even at 34, he has too much for this league
Stevenage Team News:
Strikers Chris Beardsley and Craig Reid are expected to keep their places in the Stevenage side.
Both players were restored to the starting line-up against Rochdale last weekend and responded with two goals apiece as Boro won 4-2 at Broadhall Way.
Boss Graham Westley made four changes for that game as Ronnie Henry and Joel Byrom also came into the team.
Jon Ashton, Phil Edwards, Robin Shroot and Byron Harrison were the players to be replaced and they will be hoping to have impressed Westley enough in training this week to force their way back in.
Player to watch: Chris Beardsley
Four goals so far, two last time out.
Match Facts & Stats
Oldham have never played Stevenage.
Keeping the faith 2-0 Oldham
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