ANDY RITCHIE has urged Town to put their dismal display at Doncaster “firmly to bed” by producing some power play in tomorrow’s League I home derby against Oldham (3.00).
Ritchie is a cult hero at the Latics, having played for and managed the club, and he still lives in the town.
He has an unbeaten record against them as a manager, with two wins and a draw while at Barnsley, and is a close friend of Boundary Park boss John Sheridan (see Page 54).
But as he prepares to face Oldham for the first time as Town chief, he insists his team must be the men in the spotlight.
“A lot has been said of the display at Doncaster, both by our supporters and within the camp,” said Ritchie of last Sunday’s 2-0 setback.
“We’ve analysed the game and tried to address the issues.
“We’ve had two poor performances on the road (Town previously lost 4-0 at Walsall), but we played well in the two home games before (a 2-0 win over Luton and 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest).
“It’s crucial that we get back to that level of play.”
Defender Frank Sinclair returns after a one-match ban while midfielder Danny Schofield is pushing hard for a place in the starting XI after impressing Ritchie in Wednesday’s 3-3 Reserve draw with Morecambe.
With Mark Crossley and Aussie Les Pogliacomi injured, Oldham have signed Luton’s experienced former Burnley keeper Marlon Beresford on loan.