Neil McDonald says his Blackpool side are ready to handle something rare this afternoon - going into the game as favourites.
After winning their last three games and climbing out of the League One drop zone, Pool have the unusual pressure of being expected to beat struggling Oldham at Bloomfield Road.
David Dunn’s side have won just one in their last nine, although last weekend’s draw at Coventry gave them a real boost.
And ahead of today’s Boxing Day treat, McDonald says he’s happy with the new pressure on his side.
“We’ll take going into the Oldham game as favourite,” he said.
“The teams we’ve played in the last few weeks we’ve probably been underdogs.
“But we can take the pressure of being favourites, no problems at all. We are really looking forward to the games now.
“The fixtures against Oldham and Barnsley are two very big games for us.”
Oldham’s recent poor form has seen them drop below Blackpool into the relegation zone, despite an initial improvement under former Blackburn hero Dunn.
Despite their position, McDonald is expecting a tough afternoon.
He said: “Oldham are very difficult to beat and it can be difficult to break them down.
“If we can move the ball well then we’ll be OK.”
Blackpool’s run of results has brought with it some positivity from supporters, a quality which has been missing around Bloomfield Road in recent months.
It’s something McDonald hopes can continue right through the Christmas period.
“It’s about time people start to talk about Blackpool in a good light,” he said.
“The players are trying their best and playing for the shirt which is great.
“We are growing together as a team and we are getting our rewards now.
“It’s great to see.
“We are starting to put the ball in the back of the net now which is great to see.”