Dan Gardner says Micky Mellon is instilling a positive mentality at Oldham Athletic.

And the midfielder believes a front-foot style of football that is being encouraged by the new boss will pay dividends for Latics.

Oldham face a tough game against second placed Barnet on Wednesday night. But Gardner says they will be looking to build on their 1-0 win at Woking and focus on maintaining their own ascendency up the table.

"He wants you to play forward fast," said Gardner of Mellon.

"He doesn't begrudge you trying to make forward passes if they don't come off, he wants you to keep going and keep going and just work hard and stick to what you're doing.

"If you keep playing the passes it's going to come off some time. He just drives it into you to keep being positive."

And he said that approach paid off at Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.

"We had a game plan to get the ball forward as fast as we can. We knew they were a strong team, they'd sit in and be hard to break down, but we finally got there in the end and we could have had a lot more goals," he continued, speaking to the club website.

"It could have been four or five, maybe more. I should have scored myself when I hit the bar but we take it and move on to Wednesday, which is a massive game.

"I feel like every game we play we can win, that's not just me saying it, I know the quality we have in the team.

"We want to win every game. We'll go there with a game plan that the manager that will come up with and we've got to go out there and produce it for him."