David Artell observed Oldham Athletic’s 3-2 win over Liverpool’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy in mid-week. The Alex boss expects the Latics to make changes from the team that started in that particular competition and he says that with a new regime in charge and new foreign players coming in, it will be another tough game at Boundary Park.
Ahead of our first away game of the season, Artell told us: “The pitch looked good. The forecast isn’t supposed to be kind to be us but that makes no difference. It will be the same for both sides.
“They have plenty of players still there from last season and they have managed to get a few in, some from abroad that we probably don’t know too much about and a few from over here that we do.
“They have a new manager in charge and it is always beneficial to go out and watch them play live if you can. We did that in the week and it is interesting to see how they line-up, assess their shape and style of play. I am sure they will make a number of changes but it gave us some idea into the manager’s thinking.
“They had a narrow loss last week to a good side (Forest Green Rovers) and we lost to a side who I think will be there or thereabouts this season, so it should be a good game.
“Because they were playing Liverpool, we spoke to Critch (Neil Critchley) about Oldham and what to expect and it is up to us to get the better of them.”