Oldham boss Paul Dickov puts faith in midfield pairing

Oldham Athletic midfielder James Wesolowski

Paul Dickov hopes the partnership of Dean Furman and James Wesolowski in the centre of midfield can propel Oldham Athletic up the League One table.

A hamstring injury kept Wesolowski out of action for more than a month, but he has returned to play a part in Oldham's last three league matches.

"We know what the two of them can do," boss Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester.

"With James in the team, it gives Dean a bit more of a licence to play a bit further forward."

When Wesolowski signed a new two-year contract in June, Dickov said he and captain Furman had the potential to be the best midfield pairing in League One.

The Latics are 19th in the table after a 1-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, a game in which former Leicester youngster Wesolowski was replaced by new signing Jose Baxter after 55 minutes.

"James has played three games in a week so he was going to be leggy," added Dickov.

"It was always in my mind to give Jose 35-40 minutes. He's had three games in a week under his belt coming on as a sub and he's really pushing for a start next week."