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Manager Hails Second Half Display

15 November 2015

Manager David Dunn hailed his side’s second half performance as Danny Philliskirk’s late goal won the game for Latics against Chesterfield yesterday.

The forward struck from 30 yards to put Athletic 2-1 ahead at the Proact Stadium and the gaffer praised his side’s second half display.

He said: “I thought our second half performance deserved the win. In the first half it wasn’t great watching and we weren’t really penetrating their goal as much as we wanted. 

“We had a game plan which didn’t really work as much as we liked but I thought the lads performed well in the second half. 

“We got in at half time 1-0 down, which isn’t too bad away from home and we regrouped and I gave them a kick up the backside which they needed. 

“We came out the traps well in the second half but we didn’t in the first which is unlike us. 

"Second half, though, was good. I thought we started well and kept the momentum well and let’s be fair, Chesterfield are a decent side. They score a few goals so coming away from the game I’m pleased.

"We bounced back well. One thing about us, when we go a goal behind, we don’t half pull ourselves together and bounce back well. That’s a real positive for us.”

Dominic Poleon popped up with the first goal for Latics, following up a Giorgio Rasulo shot which goalkeeper Tommy Lee fumbled.

“We have been telling him so many times to be following things in,” Dunn commented. “For a striker, the rebounds off the goalkeeper, certainly on a wet pitch, they do spill shots like that. 

“I’m pleased that Dom is taking things on board and in the second half he was a real threat.”

Dunn was full of praise for the impact his substitutions had on the game. “I thought young Giorgio possibly changed the game,” admitted the gaffer. 

"It’s a dying breed for players to go past players and commit them and open things up. He did that today. He gave us that little breather when it went into him and he’s a clever little footballer.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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