KEITH Curle says there has been no shying away from Oldham Athletic’s problems on the field, or off the field, but the head coach is confident the club can overcome them.

After a number of pitch invasions - the latest causing referee Carl Boyeson to temporarily withdraw both sets of players from the field of play in the defeat to Barrow - the club this week put a freeze on matchday ticket sales for the next two games, and suspended season tickets until further notice.

Leyton Orient have since confirmed that they will continue to provide a pay on the day facility for Latics fans, with 500 tickets allocated for away supporters at Brisbane Road tomorrow. But only Oldham fans who are existing season ticket holders will be able to gain access to Boundary Park for next weekend’s visit of Hartlepool United.

But Curle remains optimistic that the situation will be resolved.

“At the minute we are in a very difficult situation on the pitch and off the pitch - players, supporters, ownership - but we will get through it. I guarantee you we will get through it,” said the head coach, who revealed he had an open-door policy for any players who wished to discuss the ongoing club situation.

“I want to make myself available to players for any questions they have got.

“Apart from that it’s been about creating the focus of what we are doing on the pitch.

“Individually and collectively we are here to do a job and we’ve got to do it better than results show at the minute.”

Latics are second bottom with three points having lost five of their opening six League Two games.

Curle has been beset by injury problems which, he says, are showing signs of easing. And it is likely he will have to field the same or similar line-up to the one which lost 3-0 at home to Barrow last weekend.

“We had seven players out injured, one away on international duty and one injured at half-time. You take nine players out of any team at this level and they are going to struggle,” he continued.

“We are going through that patch now.

“I said to the players (after Barrow) what I say to the press won’t be the same thing I say on Monday to you because part of my role now is I know we are in a difficult situation with the turmoil that going on on the pitch, off the pitch, but I need the players.

“I need the players to maintain the focus, keep believing in what we are doing, keep believing in the process and not go into a shell and not want to perform.

“It’s difficult but you’ve got to be able to use the negativity and turn it into a positive and be energised by it and that’s what we are trying to instil this week.”

Dylan Bahamboula has missed Latics’ last two games due to international duty with Congo but was due to fly back today.

His required quarantine period has not yet been confirmed but it is unlikely he will be involved tomorrow.