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Dunn Looking Forward To Locking Horns With Mansfield Town In The FA Cup

5 November 2015

Club News

Dunn Looking Forward To Locking Horns With Mansfield Town In The FA Cup

5 November 2015

Manager David Dunn is looking forward to seeing familiar faces on the touchline on Saturday and is expecting a tough encounter with League Two side Mansfield Town.

Dunn knows Stags boss Adam Murray from his playing days and cannot wait to lock horns with him this weekend.

He said: "I know the manager and assistant at Mansfield pretty well from our playing days when we were young lads so they will be an organised team and full of energy so we’ll have to be right at it.

"They are doing well so we’ll have to be on form ourselves. I feel we have enough to go down there and give them some problems.”

The FA Cup has proved to be a good competition in the past for Latics, knocking Premier League giants Liverpool out of the competition in 2012 and Dunn is aiming to do well in this competition.

“It’s all about being in the next round,” he commented. "It’s pretty much as simple as that and that’s what we’ll intent to do. There is something special about the FA Cup which the fans like so it’s important we go down there and do well. 

"The FA Cup is famous for its upsets over the years so it’s important we aren’t one of them teams that suffer. It gives the lads a break from the league so it’s a good opportunity for them to go out and put a good performance in down there.”

It’s still unclear if Jay Fulton and Michael Higdon will be eligible for Saturday’s game but Burnley loanee Cameron Dummigan has been given permission to play.

There could also be another familiar face in the squad for Saturday’s game: “Mike [Jones] is going to train today and he will be in contention for Saturday,” Dunn admitted.

"Cassidy will be ready in a couple of weeks. He is close to getting back out there and he is stepping up his fitness programme now so hopefully he will be back in a blue shirt soon.”

However, two loan players have both returned to their parent clubs to recover from injuries.

Dunn said: “Jonathan [Burn] is going to need some surgery and that’s blow because he’s a smashing young lad and he fit into the club really well. He is a talented young player so he will be a miss for us. 

“Danny [Lafferty] is going to have surgery this weekend as well so he will be a big miss but it gives other players the chance to come in and show us what they can do.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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