Latics boss is forced to make changes

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OLDHAM Athletic manager Paul Dickov will have to make two enforced changes to his team before the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Centre back Nathan Clarke, on loan from Huddersfield Town, and central midfielder James Wesolowski are suspended for the League One encounter after picking up their fifth yellow cards of the season in midweek. The duo were cautioned in the 2-0 victory over Bradford City in the semi-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern section.

Zander Diamond is expected to come in for Clarke while captain Dean Furman, having served a one-match ban, is set to replace Wesolowski.

After seeing off the Bantams courtesy of second-half strikes from Norwich City loanee Tom Adeyemi and Shefki Kuqi, the Latics now face a two-legged area final against Chesterfield as they chase their first Wembley appearance since 1994.

Dickov said: “We are delighted to be through and there’s a real buzz in the changing room. We are a good side and we want the players to keep believing that, although it’s my job to keep their feet on the ground.

“They deserve to enjoy this because, without playing as well as we can, our work-rate and attitude were top class.”