Reds boss Danny Wilson is relishing the prospect of his side going head-to-head with in-form Oldham tonight in a competition he rates extremely highly.
The Reds had across the Pennines to SportsDirect.com Park to take on Oldham in the second of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy - a competition of course that culminates with a potentially dream Wembley final.
It¹ll be a big ask for Wilson’s men to triumph at Oldham - they are unbeaten in eight games following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at automatic promotion-chasing Peterborough - but the Reds impressed hugely at the weekend, winning 1-0 at Rochdale - a first victory in six Sky Bet League One games.
Wilson said: “Hopefully we put that little bit of a blip behind us on Saturday, but Oldham will be tough.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s another game that we can win, and if we do that it breeds even more confidence.
“Any team on a winning run wants to play as often as possible, and we¹re no different. It’s going to be another tough test for us.
“Oldham were a team that maybe weren’t fancied to do too well, but they’re flying now, as are Rochdale, who we beat on Saturday.
“Oldham have got some good players. We definitely won’t be taking them lightly, so I hope they don’t take us lightly.
“We can’t change our team drastically, nobody can in this competition now, so both will put strong teams out and that’s how I like it.”
A place in the Northern Section quarter-finals is up for grabs for the winners of tonight’s Roses clash, which kicks-off at 7.30pm.
Wilson added: “I don’t know whether other clubs look at it differently, but I can see a big prize on offer for a team doing well in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
“For all teams outside of the Premier League and the Championship it can be a real money-spinner, and all teams in League One and Two ought to be desperate to get to the final.
“Certainly us and Oldham will be feeling that way.”
Wilson, who gave new loan capture Peter Ramage his second Reds debut at Spotland on Saturday and included fellow new boy Ryan Williams among the substitutes, is still hopeful of adding further to his squad this week.
One target in particular is said to be close to signing, though probably not in time for tonight’s match.