IT'S time for Pav to join the party!
That's the message to leading scorer Pawel Abbott as manager Peter Jackson looks to compensate for the loss of star loan man Luke Beckett against managerless Oldham tomorrow (3.00).
The 28-year-old was recalled by Sheffield United yesterday after netting six goals in seven matches for Town, so Jackson is hoping Abbott can notch for the first time in a month to hit the 20-goal mark for this season at the Galpharm.
"I've had a word with Pav and told him this is his chance to get back to top form," said Jackson today.
"It's a massive disappointment to lose Luke at this stage, obviously, because he's made a fantastic contribution, but Pav has a terrific record with 19 goals and we want him back on the scoresheet.
"I told him that I was very disappointed with him at Tranmere, where he gave the ball away too much, but Pav on form is one of the best young strikers around and I want to see a vast improvement from him against Oldham in what is a very important game for the club."
Jackson has John McAliskey, Danny Schofield and Akpo Sodje vying for selection alongside Abbott, while Chris Brandon is available after his one-match suspension.
Andy Holdsworth and former Oldham midfielder Tony Carss, who are in full training again after hernia operations, will only be added to the squad in case of late problems.
Defender David Mirfin looks like overcoming his hip injury to be fit.
Oldham, who parted company with manager Brian Talbot, have coach Tony Philliskirk in charge.