JAYSON Leutwiler says the impact of Latics fans on the side cannot be underestimated.

Despite struggling at the wrong end of League Two, almost 500 made the journey to Mansfield on Saturday to cheer their team on in the ultimate six-pointer.

And they were vocal throughout the 90 minutes in their attempts to influence what would have been a significant win, just as they had been at Rochdale in their previous away game.

Although Latics did not get the three points they needed, Leutwiler felt they had an input in the goalless draw - a third clean sheet in four games for Latics.

Oldham fans have led a backlash against the club’s regime, with protests calling for a change in ownership amid a poor start to the season and ongoing concerns and frustrations about Abdallah Lemsagam’s almost four-year reign.

But when it comes to matters on the field, Leutwiler says their backing is sensed throughout the side on matchdays.

“Every time we come out and we see a stand full of them it’s enjoyable,” said the stopper. “You know you are going to be supported and it’s not just a home game for the other team.

“Their voice is important and their numbers are important. You can see that it helps us.

“Every time there’s a throw in or corner for the opposition it puts pressure on them. It’s massive that they come in many numbers.”