Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood is expecting a tough test away at Oldham this weekend.
The Rams have got a chance to make it 3 wins out of their first 4 games. However Greenwood isn’t expecting an easy contest.
Recent Rams Form
The Rams have beaten Halifax away and Widnes at home and made a good start to the 2020 campaign. Those were two fixtures many weren’t expecting those results from.
On the team’s recent good form and start to the season he said: “We are on a decent run of form and performances and when you are on that you want the next game to come around quickly.
“When you are losing and not playing well you don’t mind a gap to work on things. We are dead keen to get out there and face whoever it is.
“It’s a massive game for us and we have pulled off two results no one outside of the dressing room expected us to get.
“This is the first game where, I wouldn’t say we are favourites but it’s a game where we aren’t going in as massive underdogs. It’s going to be a different type of challenge for us.”
On Oldham as an opposition
The Roughyeds have made their presence known so far in the Championship and despite the good start for Dewsbury, Greenwood is keenly aware the hard challenge facing them Sunday.
“I’ve been quick to get the lads to focus on this game at Oldham because losing this would take the edge off from those wins. This is a big one in our season, we think this is a team where we would be in and around at the start of the season.
“These are the big games really, because if they win they get two points and would move level with us again. We think we’ve had a good start but lose on Sunday and they join us on four points. It’s a big game because we can turn what’s been a good start into a fantastic one. We can then go into concentrating on the cup for a week.
“Oldham are a decent side, he’s changed the style of play from what they had before. They are largely using the same squad that got them promoted. At the weekend they borrowed five players so a third of the team wasn’t theirs. However like us they’ll do whatever they can to get the wins. They pass the ball well and have good attacking shape.
“They have good second-rowers Langtree and Bridge who can play anywhere on the pitch and would get in to nearly every side in this division. They are very good players, so we’ll need to be on it to handle them.
On not getting over confident after two wins
Greenwood commented: “There is no over confidence from me because I remember the Keighley friendly. They are in League One and have lost their first league and cup match. However they looked better than us in some parts of the game that day, being hard and fast around the middle. I have already reminded our guys about that day going into this one.
“It’s an example of when our lads aren’t on it at 100% where we look strong in defence and physically sound to looking weak, unfit and not good. So if that game serves as a reminder to our lads that we need to be good to beat Oldham fine by me. Like I say the challenge is on the lads, it can be easier to prove something when you are an underdog. However I think people will start taking a bit more notice of us now that we have beaten Halifax away and Widnes at home.
“Oldham will not take us lightly, when they looked at the fixtures before the season started they will have looked at this as a winnable match.
“It’s not going to be an easy fixture for us because no fixture is easy for us. We can’t drop those levels because you’ll either drop points against teams in and around you or get a hammering off one of the top teams.”
“Sam Moorhouse is out with a slight head knock having played for Coventry at the weekend. So he will be ruled out for at least a week. Everyone else is fit bar Walton who is still recovering.”
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