OLDHAM Athletic head coach Pete Wild has called on his players to focus ahead of Swindon Town’s visit to Boundary Park on Saturday.

The Latics have suffered a season of mixed fortunes in their return to League Two following last year’s relegation from League One – ironically under now Town boss Richie Wellens.

Frankie Bunn’s sacking after 30 games in charge prompted Wild to take temporary charge of the Manchester club, before former England international Paul Scholes took charge in February.

But his time at the club lasted only a month, prompting Wild’s re-instalment as caretaker manager.

Three wins in Oldham’s last three matches has kept the club’s hopes of reaching the play-offs alive. But Wild admits focus is required if they are to get the better of Wellens’ side tomorrow afternoon.

Wild told Oldham’s official club website: “We all need to stay focused now. The players, the staff and even the fans, we all need to make sure we don’t get carried away with ourselves.

“It’s been a good week, but if we get carried away with ourselves we might end up with egg on our face, so we need to make sure we all, as a group and as a club just remain grounded and really focus in on Saturday and a big performance against Swindon.”

Defeat for Oldham will end their realistic hopes of achieving a spot in League Two’s top seven by the end of the season.

But, despite the far from ideal off-field circumstances, Wild insists he has been pleasantly pleased with how his men are coping with on-field tasks.

He added: “I’m really pleased with how the lads are performing, and I’m really pleased that they’re taking onto the pitch what we’re asking from them.

“And I’m really pleased now that there’s a character and a resilience about them that they want to work hard for each other, they want to put their bodies on the line for the team.”