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Dunn Wants To Keep Momentum Going

18 November 2015

Manager David Dunn wants to keep the momentum going after guiding his side to victory in the FA Cup first round replay against Mansfield Town.

Danny Philliskirk and Dominic Poleon notched the goals in the second half to seal passage through to the next round to face Sheffield United.

Speaking after the game, Dunn said: "Back to back wins, that’s what we need to do. I’m happy with the win and the two goals tonight but I’m also as happy with the clean sheet as well. 

"The more clean sheets you get, the harder you are to beat and the wins will come anyway. That’s what I’ve tried to do since day one.

"It was such difficult conditions but I thought the lads stuck to the game plan really well. The first half was very tight and they would have fancied coming up here and giving us a good game. 

“Although we dominated possession, we didn’t really penetrate as much and our build up play was slow so when a team comes and sits back, I think you have to move the ball quickly and we didn’t do that very well in the first half. 

"In the second half, however, we were much better. I thought our play was good, a bit more direct and we looked a threat all over the pitch so I was really happy.”

The manager revealed it was not just the adverse weather conditions causing problems for his side last night.

“It wasn’t just the conditions, the wind and the rain, but the new ball we are playing with,” commented the 35-year-old. 

“The ball is difficult to play with and it’s like a balloon out there so it was really difficult but I thought we handled it very well.”

Latics now host Barnsley and Southend United in the league at Park and the manager admitted his side are brimming with confidence ahead of those games. 

“We have a belief in our dressing room that we can win any game,” Dun admitted. 

"We will be hard to beat in the next two games, play on the front foot and win the individual battles all over the pitch. If we do that then we have players that can open teams up and score goals.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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