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Dunn Calling For Unity Ahead Of Saturday’s Game

15 October 2015

Manager David Dunn accepts fans’ frustrations regarding the current run of form but is asking them to become the 12th man on Saturday as Sheffield United visit SportsDirect.com Park.

Dunn, who suffered his first defeat as manager last weekend against Scunthorpe United, believes the support from the fans will make a difference on Saturday.

He said: "The fans have been great. I totally understand their frustrations at times. If I was a fan and seen my team win one in 22 then I would be the same. 

"We are all disappointed but we have all got to be in it together. We need to make this place a tough place to come and the fans play a part in that. 

“If they can use their energy on the side to put into the players to give them the lift and be the 12th man, which we will need, it will be a great help.”

The Blades will make the journey on Saturday and the manager admits it will be a tough encounter.

“I’ve probably watched Sheffield United more than anyone this season,” commented Dunn. “They are good team, well organised and have good pace. 

“They counter attack really well so we have to combat that and set ourselves up where we don’t leak as many goals but are a threat going forward.”

One player who will be missing this weekend is on-loan striker Michael Higdon: “He will be a big miss,” admitted the gaffer. 

"He has done really well since coming in and his goals have been important for us. We will have to pick a team that we think will go and win the game.”

The 35-year-old brought himself on in the final 15 minutes of the second half last weekend but conceded he might have made a mistake. 

"I certainly thought last week, if I’m going to be really critical of myself like I am, was it the right thing to put me on? Probably not, but you live and learn,” he said. 

“When you are chasing a game and when you don’t have many attacking options, I just felt the time was right for me to go on and make a difference but there are too many different aspects of the afternoon that shouldn’t have happened. 

"In terms of warming up, I’m preparing the side before the game. Can I warm up properly? No. The last thing you want to see is a manager running down the touchline. I don’t think it would look too great. Hence the reason why you go on not warmed up and you seem to pay for it a bit. But like I say, we live and learn.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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