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Sports Editor Tony Bugby brings us the latest from Oldham Athletic

SEPTEMBER PROMISES to be a challenging month for Latics as four of their five matches are on the road.

LATEST SIGNINGS: Philliskirk (left) and Mills

They visit Preston North End, Rotherham and Crawley in Sky Bet League 1 and Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

That is punctuated by only one match at Boundary Park in the middle of the month when Crewe Alexandra are the visitors.

Judging by Latics’ first four league matches – two wins and two defeats – it does not look as though it will be a dull campaign.

Manager Lee Johnson favours an adventurous, attacking approach as underlined by the fact they created 20 goalscoring attempts in their 3-1 against Port Vale.

It was a match in which Adams Rooney, with two goals, and James Dayton both opened their scoring accounts for the club.

Latics collected six points from their first four league matches which, if replicated over the whole campaign, would see them challenging for a play-off place.

They opened the league campaign with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Stevenage which was followed by three defeats in a row against Walsall and Peterborough in the league and Derby County in the Capital One Cup.

Each of those losses was by a one-goal margin and they could conceivably have taken something from each of those fixtures.

They did not allow themselves to become disheartened and showed their character and resilience by returning to winning ways against Port Vale.

Johnson has made two additional acquisitions which increases the number of players brought in this summer to 11.

The two latest recruits are left-back Joseph Mills on loan from Burnley and striker Danny Philliskirk on non-contract forms.

Phillsikirk, whose father Tony is Latics’ Academy Manager, kicked off his career with Latics before joining Chelsea where he spent four years. He has already staked a claim for a first-team place by scoring four goals in two reserve-team matches, including a hat-trick against Tranmere Rovers.