OLDHAM Athletic will be hoping their two-and-a-half week break doesn’t prove too disruptive.
Before the lull in matches, Latics had collected seven points from a possible nine from games against Bradford City,
Blackburn Rovers, and Milton Keynes Dons to climb out of the relegation places in Sky Bet League One.
However, the postponement of the Rochdale game, because of their Emirates FA Cup campaign, and Southend United game through a frozen pitch at SportsDirect.com Park, saw them slip back into the bottom four.
But if Latics win their games in hand, they would move three places up the table and out of danger.
It was frustrating for manager Richie Wellens as he would have wanted as many games as possible with the team back to form – previously they had picked up three points from a possible 27 to slide back into trouble.
Latics probably need another five wins from their remaining 13 league games to stay up – that would give them 51 points which normally would be sufficient.
And they will be hoping to be well on their way to achieving safety by early April.
Latics, who are at promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United on Saturday, March 3, are back on the road at Bury on March 10 for a relegation six-pointer.
Portsmouth and Walsall are then played at home before a tough trip to high-flying Wigan Athletic on Good Friday, home game against Blackpool on Easter Monday and trip to Oxford United on Saturday, April 7.
By then Latics should know what they need to do in the last month of the season if they are to remain in the third tier where they have been since 1997.