KEITH Curle says Latics must improve their mindset in order to see improvements in results.

Oldham go into this afternoon’s Easter Monday game at Crawley having only put back-to-back wins together once in League Two this season.

That lack of consistency has left them meandering in the bottom half of the table, 10 points clear of the bottom three.

And while Curle is confident they won’t get sucked into a relegation battle in their remaining seven games, he feels a particular way of thinking within the club is holding them back.

“Something that I picked up on when I first came here, there was a lot of ‘unlucky’,” Curle said.

“People might have previously said ‘unlucky’ because we had four great chances to score goals (in Good Friday’s defeat to Stevenage). In my book it’s not unlucky, it’s not good enough.

“You don’t build a career and get out of this division on luck, it’s consistency and players doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether that’s marking from a set piece or having an opportunity and hitting the target. They are job requirements and have to be done.

“I’m not a believer in ‘unlucky’, I’m a believer in ‘not good enough’. If you have a shot and it doesn’t hit the target that’s not unlucky, that’s just not good enough.

“I think the sooner the football club starts adopting the phrase of ‘not good enough’ instead of ‘unlucky’ then that’s a starting point.”

Although Latics are just 10 points clear of the bottom two, Curle added: “We won’t get relegated, but that’s not my ambition, it’s not the football club’s ambition.

“We want to finish as high as we can this season, which means there needs to be an improvement in performances from players.

“Until you’re top of the table that is the requirement week in, week out.”