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Dunn: “I Thought The Lads Worked Hard.”

8 November 2015

Manager David Dunn is happy to be in the hat for Monday’s FA Cup second round draw but knows there is a long way to go yet.

Ricardo Fuller had Latics’ best chance of the game midway through the first half but he dragged his effort wide of the post.

Speaking after the game, Dunn said: “I suppose we are in the hat for the next round at the minute so it’s not too bad. 

"Positives to take from the game? I thought the lads worked really hard and we worked hard right until the end. 

“We had to shuffle the pack a bit with some suspensions and injuries we have picked up recently which isn’t ideal coming to a team who is flying in their respective league. 

“I don’t think we were great with the ball today and we’ve got to be better in possession.

“Without making excuses, we have four, five or six players out the team that would probably feature so to stay in the hat is relatively okay.”

The manager did single out two of his defenders for praise: “Brian Wilson was arguably the best player on the pitch today,” he admitted. 

“I thought Tim Dieng coming in at centre back, who hasn’t played a lot of football recently, was fantastic as well. 

“We huffed and puffed in difficult conditions and it wasn’t the most entertaining game I’ve seen, that’s for sure.”

With the replay set to take place in nine days time, Dunn now knows what to expect from Mansfield Town.

“They are a tough side,” he said. “They work their socks off for each other and we will have to put the same commitment and desire into what we did today."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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