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Oldham boss Dave Penney praises Sean Gregan 'toughness'

Oldham Athletic defender Sean Gregan
The 35-year-old centre-half Gregan is the Latics' club skipper

Oldham boss Dave Penney wants his squad to emulate the "mental toughness" of players like centre-half Sean Gregan.

The Latics have lost six of their last seven league matches to slip to within a point of the League One drop zone.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "Mental toughness comes when you've played a certain amount of games.

"Sean Gregan has got it; Pawel Abbott has it; Reuben Hazell has it. We haven't enough with mental strength. But it's up to the young kids."

He added: "We've got to do the basics right, do the ugly stuff right.

"That means blocking crosses like Sean does; getting hit in the private parts from shots on goal.

"It's what we're not quite doing at the moment."



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