Fans’ Forum: We can’t keep relying on away form - Paul Mayfield

Ex-Latics man Dean Furman came in for some stick against Oldham, says Paul Mayfield
Ex-Latics man Dean Furman came in for some stick against Oldham, says Paul Mayfield

In a game Paul Dickov would loved to have won to get one over his previous employers, any bragging rights quickly disappeared.

It was the other former Latics player, Dean Furman, who received most of the stick from the travelling support, and oh how they loved it when he got substituted.

I wish Paul could weave his magic away formula to help our home games, but the season is so far panning out like our last promotion to the Championship - when our away form got us over the line.

On Saturday, we gifted our guests the three points in a very lacklustre performance.

We should have made more changes from the team that gave its all at Watford four days earlier.

I don’t think we really troubled the visiting goalkeeper and again our failure to defend set-pieces saw us go behind early doors.

Paul tried to freshen things up in the second half with a triple substitution but within seconds Luke McCullough conceded a penalty - which, in truth, looked very harsh.

Jonathan Forte’s spot-kick gave Oldham their first three-point haul of the season and left us nursing another home defeat.

Captain Rob Jones scared everyone when he received a nasty facial injury but thankfully he managed to see the game out.

With no game this weekend at Barnsley due to international call-ups, Paul has two weeks to get the players ready for one of the teams that are fancied for promotion in the shape of Bristol City.

We’ve made no deadline day signings, apart from Richie Wellens signing his contract extension, so we have to work with what we have got.

The crowds have been pretty consistent since the start of the season with an average of 5,800 fans at home.

What has hit us this season has been the away followings.

Credit to Oldham because they did bring over 600 to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Our next home game against Crawley isn’t until September 16 which is a lengthy wait to try and tackle our home form.

In my eyes, we have to pick up three points against Crawley and sort out our consistency soon if we are going to start creeping up this league.