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Dunn: “I’m Extremely Disappointed.”

29 December 2015

Manager David Dunn was understandably disappointed after yesterday’s 1-2 defeat to Doncaster Rovers but could not fault the effort of his players.

Rovers striker Andy Williams gave the visitors a two goal lead at the break, whilst Rhys Murphy pulled one back in the second half.

Latics went in search of an equaliser, but unfortunately fell short, and the gaffer summed up his thoughts after the game.

He said: "I’m extremely disappointed. I thought we controlled the game for large parts but how many times have I come in front of everyone and said we’ve conceded two bad goals. 

“You’re banging your head against a wall constantly because the individual errors are costing us and we end up chasing the game because of it. 

The last couple of weeks in training have been excellent and in terms of possession I think sometimes we are too patient but I thought we played some good stuff. 

"We need to be more ruthless in both boxes and that seems to be a really big issue at the minute. When we controlling games, we give away a sloppy goal and when we get back in it we have got to take our chances a little bit and we didn’t do that.

“I’m so desperate to improve our home form and that’s the message I constantly keep saying. 

“I know it’s got to improve and I keep saying if we play like that we will pick up but it certainly seems like there is something hanging over us at home and we’ve got to improve that. 

"We have to roll our sleeves up, work hard and one thing we can’t do is feel sorry for ourselves. I thought the commitment the lads showed was very good today and they were unlucky not to get something out of the game.

Murphy is in a rich vein of scoring form, netting 11 goals in his last 17 games for both Latics and Crawley Town.

“He’s come back and is very confident at the minute and scoring goals so I thought he deserved his chance to play,” the manager admitted. 

“He hasn’t been used to playing with us for the past couple of months but I thought he did quite well today.”

With January around the corner, the 36-year-old has not hidden his desire to bring new faces into the football club.

“I don’t think it’s any secret we are looking to bring players in,” he said. "How often is it that we’ve said we want a dominant centre back. Is there any out there? 

“I’m sure there is but we need to work really hard with our budget to get the right one in."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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