Latics boss keen to play down expectations

Date published: 10 December 2012

SECURITY is the name of the game for Athletic.

Manager Paul Dickov has sought to put a lid on expectations despite another victory at Colchester.

Jean-Yves Mvoto’s header and a Brian Wilson own goal gave Paul Dickov’s side a 2-0 away win.

But the result could easily have been more heavily weighted, as Athletic dominated.

Having now taken 12 league points from a possible 15, this weekend’s home clash with Swindon — the last of Matt Derbyshire’s loan from Nottingham Forest — is teed up nicely.

But Dickov isn’t getting swayed by a patch of good form.

He emphasises the team’s priority: to reach 50 points, traditionally ensuring safety from relegation.

“We need to keep our feet on the ground,” said Dickov.

“We have a tough game against Swindon coming up and it is one that we are capable of winning.

“They have spent a lot of money and are a good footballing team. But we think we are as well, when we do things right.

Athletic have 26 points after 21 games and remain 16th.

Plenty more rewards are on offer during a busy festive programme, which after Swindon and up to the New Year will not feature Derbyshire due to his loan expiring.

“I have just got to wait and see what happens come January,” said the 26-year-old on a possible return to the club once the transfer window re-opens.

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