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Dunn: “I Thought We Were Exceptional.”

4 October 2015

Interim boss David Dunn was full of praise for his players after yesterday’s 3-3 draw with Gillingham.

Latics fell behind early on but equalised midway through the first half through Michael Higdon. Rory Donnelly put the Gills back ahead before the Sheffield United loanee found Dominic Poleon to bring Latics level for the second time.

Higdon fired Athletic into the lead on 55 minutes but two minutes later, Jake Hessenthaler drew the home side level as both sides had to settle for a point.

That result ended Gillingham’s 100% home record and Dunn was delighted with his players after the game.

He said: "I thought we were exceptional. We were really solid and we have kept the principles that we have been banging the drum about. Going forward we looked a real threat and we looked like we were going to score.

"I’m disappointed we didn’t get the three points because I thought we deserved it but it’s always difficult to come down here, especially in the form they have been in. We have put an end to their 100% home record but it was a fantastic performance from everyone.

"I thought our game plan worked perfect today. We knew they were narrow as a team and they had a lot of joy but the overloads we created were good. 

“It was certainly an entertaining game and I’m sure the fans have gone home pretty pleased with the effort that the players have put in today.”

One player who was drawn the plaudits over recent games is striker Poleon and the gaffer had very positive words to say about the former Leeds United man. 

“He was magnificent today,” Dunn admitted. "I thought he was the best player on the pitch. He scared their back four to death and we all know thats what Dom is about. 

“For the character he is, he is benefiting from the confidence we all give him. If he carries on like that then we have a very good player on our hands.”

The hard work does not stop for the manager after earning his fourth draw from four games in charge.

“One thing I can only ask is that my job is to move this club forward,” he said. “Whether that is in two or three weeks, or two or three months, the club will get better. 

"Results will improve because if we keep doing the right things day in, day out, it can only get better. I will back mine and my coaching staffs ability to get the best out of my players and we are lucky to have some good professional footballers in that dressing room who work their backsides off for the club.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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