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SWINDON TOWN: Skipper Ward a fan of Latics setup
CAPTAIN Darren Ward is an admirer of the way Oldham go about their business but is only interested in helping Swindon put things right tomorrow afternoon.
Town lost 3-1 at home to Walsall on Tuesday night and are looking to bounce back at Boundary Park against a side sitting 19th in League One.
Ward is impressed with how Lee Johnson’s side play and believes they are unlucky to find themselves two points above the drop zone, but the skipper won’t be admiring the opposition tomorrow and is focused on his side’s bid to get back to winning ways.
“It could have been a week’s break or a cup weekend where we weren’t playing and that would mean we have a big gap so it’s good to have the chance to play again quickly,” he said. “It will be tough and they will be on it, and they’re a good outfit too but it’s important we put things right.
“I quite like the way they play and the way they do things and I think they have been a bit unlucky this season with a few things. It’s a home game for them and a bit of a journey for us so we have to get our minds focused straight away and give a good account of ourselves.”
Ward is likely to have to deal with his former teammate Adam Rooney at Boundary Park tomorrow and is expecting physical test all afternoon.
“Adam will try his heart out, as every player playing against their old team does,” he said.
“We have to be on our toes against him because we know what he can do, but not only him because the whole team will be looking for a win.”
Meanwhile, Oldham boss Lee Johnson is impressed with what opposite number Mark Cooper has done at Swindon Town but will waste no time admiring his handiwork when the two teams meet this weekend.
The Latics have endured a difficult start to the season and currently sit 19th in the table, while in contrast Town have surpassed many fans’ pre-season expectations to lie eighth after 13 games.
Johnson is impressed with the new identity Town have built for themselves with their slick style of passing football, not often found in the third tier, but will be paying no attention to that come kick-off time.
“They have had a little run and everyone is settled there now,” he said.
“They know what they are about and have created an identity.
“Fair play to them for that. But for me, it is about Oldham.
“We can talk until we are blue in the face about others. But we have to be positive and dynamic on the pitch, put their players under pressure and get the best out of ourselves by playing on the front foot.”
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