OLDHAM Athletic’s recent 5-4 victory over Peterborough United was enough to show Mark Cooper that the Latics are not to be taken lightly this weekend.
Oldham came from 3-0 and 4-2 down to beat Posh with two goals in the last two minutes of an extraordinary match at Boundary Park last weekend and, though they came down to earth with a bump with a 3-0 home defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night, Cooper is well aware of the threats posed by Lee Johnson’s side.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday’s League One clash at the County Ground, Cooper stressed how dangerous the Latics can be.
“In the league that we’re in, anybody can beat anybody, as they showed against Peterborough,” he said.
“To be 3-0 down and come back to beat one of the top teams in the league 5-4 takes some doing.
“They will take tremendous encourgament and belief from that.
“Obviously they go three days later and lost against Wolves but that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
“They’ll come here fully expecting to get a result, I’d have thought.
“They try to play a similar brand of football to ourselves and on their day they can hurt the big teams.
“I think they beat Wolves in the FA Cup, they’ve beaten Peterborough, they beat us so they’ve had some decent results.”
Back in October, Town produced a meek display at Boundary Park in a 2-1 defeat - a memory Cooper is keen for his players to banish this wekeend.
“We didn’t play on the day,” he said.
“It was another one of our abject away performance that wasn’t good enough.
We didn’t really do ourselves enough credit or show what we’re really about.”
Cooper reserved plenty of praise for Johnson, who is still settling into the world of management at the ripe old age of 32.
“He’s had some good results,” said the Swindon boss.
“They’re struggling at the wrong end of the table but I wouldn’t have thought he’s got an awfully big budget, I would think he’s got to bring in players who have something to prove.”