Depleted Latics aim to cause upset

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PAUL Dickov is confident his injury-ravaged Oldham Athletic side will rise to the occasion at Bramall Lane tomorrow.

The Latics boss is looking forward to the challenge of facing one of the League One heavyweights despite a crippling injury list which meant just six of his players completed training yesterday.

Dickov, in his second year in charge at Boundary Park, said: “Danny [Wilson] has got a promotion-winning team there and one thing we have not got to do is be over-awed by it.

“We have shown by going to Huddersfield, Charlton and even Anfield this season that we can go to these places and have a go.

“It will be a fantastic crowd and a great stadium to play in and we want to go and do ourselves justice. We know what our last away game was like against promotion contenders (a 5-0 loss at MK Dons) and we don’t want that again.”

Influential midfielder Dean Furman remains on the sidelines with a knee problem and Chris Taylor is a doubt, having missed the draw with Colchester due to sickness.

Dickov added: “I saw them [United] in the Sheffield derby and against Scunthorpe and as much as they are a good team, every team has its faults and we will try to exploit theirs.”