KEITH Curle has urged Latics to replicate the derby dynamics both on and off the pitch as they bid to secure their first home win of the season.

Oldham entertain Harrogate Town at Boundary Park tomorrow with last weekend's 1-0 win at Rochdale still fresh in their minds.

Latics have not celebrated a home win in League Two this season, spilling over from a season in which they had the worst home record in League Two.

Indeed, their last recorded home win, against Colchester on April 9, was their sixth and final one of the campaign.

Curle knows their fortunes have to change, and he says the fans can play their part after insisting a near 2,000 following helped his side over the line at the Crown Oil Arena last weekend.

"Massively. I think the last five or 10 minutes when Rochdale were trying everything to get a look at our goal the players rose to the challenge and you could tell by the celebrations after the game everybody needed that - players, football club staff, our fans. They needed not only the result of beating Rochdale but the manner that we did it in was needed," said the head coach.

"It's just a reminder for everybody what our Saturday afternoons are about, travelling, being vocal, supporting your team and giving them everything.

"We know it's been difficult, challenging times that we've started the season with but there's nothing better than the support that we got on Saturday against Rochdale.

"Rochdale have been playing well and getting decent results, we're just off the back of a spanking by Brentford, but we still took nearly 2,000 supporters there and they needed that result, that performance, that win.

"That atmosphere that you create at away grounds, can you imagine getting six, seven, eight, nine thousand Oldham fans focusing on what we're doing on the pitch, that will be our 12th man."

But Curle warned that backing should never be taken for granted.

"We've got to earn that, it's not a given," he said.

"There will be an element of fans that will - week in, week out - turn up because you're wearing the Oldham shirt.

"It's got to mean more to us than that, which means that we've got to earn the right for their support.

"And we know that when we put in performances like we did last Saturday they've got every right to be very proud of their football club and their football team."