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LOANEE Liam Dickinson insists Huddersfield Town are as good, if not better than, tomorrow's table-topping hosts Oldham Athletic.


Dickinson knows several of the Latics players from his time in the north-west where he made his name at Stockport County.


The 22-year-old also faced Oldham pre-season in a warm up game with his parent club Derby County.


Huddersfield approach ADVERTISEMENTthe fixture some nine points adrift of Oldham and still way off the pace in 15th spot in the League One table but Dickinson has seen enough already to suggest Town could eventually emerge the superior side.



Dickinson extended his loan from Derby by a further month this week and is full of confidence ahead of tomorrow's visit to Boundary Park (kick-off 3pm).


"I know a couple of the lads down there and they are a good bunch of lads," he said.


"We played them pre-season at Derby and they are a very tough outfit but, with what we've got, we're as good, if not better than what they've got."


Oldham will start the game as overwhelming favourites with John Sheridan's side still unbeaten in the league this campaign.


However, Dickinson has no problem with the underdogs tag and feels the Latics may be sucked into a false sense of security.


"It's going to be a tough game, they are top of the league and they have had a flying start to the season," admitted the striker.


"We are definitely going to need to be up for it and they will probably see us as being in the bottom half of the table and think we might be a bit of a walkover – but that won't be the case.


"We've trained hard this week, we're feeling good and we're looking forward to the game.


"Hopefully, we can go down there and get the three points."


Dickinson will be looking to continue his impressive scoring record which reached new heights last season when he scored 21 times for promoted Stockport before his £750,000 transfer to Pride Park.


The Salford-born marksman has proved an instant hit during his loan spell at the Galpharm Stadium – netting twice in his opening five games – and the striker hopes to bag further goals in the next month to attract more glances from his manager Paul Jewell.


Breaking into the Derby team is Dickinson's long term goal en route to a quest for the Premiership but Dickinson feels Huddersfield, too, have every chance of jumping divisions.


The striker concedes that Leeds have to be seen as title favourites, but he insists the Terriers can very much target automatic promotion.

"I think you've obviously got to put Leeds up there – just down to what they did last season," he said. "That was unreal.


"To pull back that deficit was a great effort and the are definitely going to be contenders for the league this year.


"Huddersfield have also definitely got the potential to get promoted automatically and if not then definitely in the play-offs.


"But they should definitely be looking for automatic, definitely."








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Last Updated: 26 September 2008 8:24 AM

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