Latics victory is number one priority for Maamria
OLDHAM head coach Dino Maamria admits today’s fixture against Leyton Orient at Boundary Park is a ‘huge game’ for his side.
Latics return to league action after last weekend’s narrow 1-0 defeat by Burton Albion in the second round of the FA Cup.
And following their exit from the competition, attention turns back to League Two, where Oldham sit five points above the relegation zone having lost just once in their last five league games.
“We were all gutted after Saturday’s game. We obviously wanted to try and get as far as possible in the FA Cup but in the second half against Burton, we produced our best half of the season in terms of stats,” said Maamria. “The focus this week has been really to dust ourselves down and get back to the league because the league is the most important thing after all.
“Despite the rise in form and the points we’re picking up we’re still in a position we don’t want to be in.”
Today’s opponents sit just one place above the Latics in 18th – without a win since October 19 – and with a trip to league leaders Swindon next weekend, Maamria was quick to stress the importance of picking up three points against the Os.
He said: “The Orient game is a huge game for us. They’ve got their problems and we’re coming through the other side of our problems, so my focus has been to make sure we’re ready to get three points on Saturday.
“I’ve just told the players we can’t afford to be less than 90 per cent of our own performance level to get points in this league so we have to be at it.”