The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

IT MAY not have mat­tered had it been Lee John­son or Paul Sc­holes in the home dug-out, in a game com­pletely dom­i­nated by the vis­i­tors.

Dean Holden’s man­age­rial de­but proved to be a bap­tism of fire, not helped by the Lat­ics’ lengthy in­jury list and the play-offs seem a long way away at present.

For the vis­i­tors, how- ever, five straight wins sees them march­ing to­wards the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spots and on cur­rent form it will take a lot to stop them.

Their bench was packed with Pre­mier League ex­pe­ri­ence, while it was hard to pick faults with any of the 11 play­ers who started.

Simon Grayson will no doubt point to the fact there is a long way to go yet this sea­son, but they will be con­sid­ered favourites for at least sec­ond place by many on­look­ers.

For man­ager­less Old­ham, mean­while, it could be a long end to the sea­son un­less Holden – or a new man – can turn around three straight de­feats.

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