Roberts expects another tough test

First-team coach Gary Roberts has been impressed with Oldham Athletic’s performances in the National League and believes that Boundary Park will be a tough place to visit.

Speaking to the media, he said: “I don’t know if they have miscalculated the league – it is a really tough league. From what I have seen of them, they are a good team.

“They’ve got good players. I watched a couple of their games now and the latter one was York. From half time onwards, they were terrific.

“They could have been out of sight at York. They scored a great goal straight after half time – their tails were up. York scored late on, but they are a good team.

“Going to Oldham is never easy but people see that we are top of the league and that it could be another win. But it’s not going to be that easy and [John Sheridan] will have them right up for it.”

Akwasi Asante and Armando Dobra were both taken off with injuries during the first half of the win at Altrincham.

Despite early signs, Roberts thinks that injuries aren’t as bad as first feared, saying: “They are probably both not as bad as we feared at first. When players come off the pitch so early, you fear the worst.

“Dobs probably looked a bit worse at the time but we’ll have the last assessment on them today and hopefully get a bit of good news.”

Thursday is Deadline Day for clubs in the EFL, but Roberts is not concentrating on the noise made from clubs in higher leagues and is focusing on the team ahead of Saturday’s game.

Roberts said: “We’re just concentrating on our team. We are in a really good place at the minute. You saw a different side of our game on Monday.

“We’re more than happy with the squad, we’re more than happy with our players and we are just trying to park everything and stay on a positive for our team.”