DINO Maamria wants a striker to bolster Oldham’s attacking options.

The new Latics boss now has a win and a defeat on his Boundary Park record after seeing his side go down 1-0 at Carlisle last time out.

Maamria is now preparing his squad to host Cheltenham on Saturday knowing that a better return in front of goal is vital to improve on 20th in League Two.

His options are somewhat limited with the transfer window having closed but free agents can sign at any point during the season.

“It’s clear that we need a centre-forward,” the Oldham manager said.

“We’ve got two forwards at the club, clearly we need something at the top of the pitch and that’s something to work on.

“I know where we need to strengthen. But it’s that difficult period now of the season, the window is closed and only free agents are available, so we’ll try and bring someone in if we can. Otherwise I’ve got what I’ve got.”

Latics had 58 per cent possession in Cumbria last Saturday but produced just one shot on target from 12 attempts at goal at Brunton Park.

“We’ve got to make sure that we create more to score more goals,” Maamria said.

“We dominated possession, I think it was 60-40 possession.

“I think we had 12 shots to their three or four and we dominated every department, we just didn’t have that cutting edge.

“When you go away from home you’ve got to be clinical because you might get two or three chances and you’ve got to put at least one of them away.”

With a win against Morecambe having come in his first game, Maamria has already learned plenty about his players since taking over from Laurent Banide.

“I’m finding out about the characters of players the more I see of them, the more decisions they give me the next week and the week after,” said the 48-year-old former Stevenage boss.

“I’m here to win football matches and I’ve got to make sure that I’ve got winning players around me, I’ve got winning people around me and I’ll do that.”