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Dunn Looking To Build On Recent Form

29 October 2015

Manager David Dunn wants to take the positives from last week’s results and take them into Saturday’s game with Burton Albion.

Latics took four points from a possible six last week with victory over Swindon Town and a draw against rivals Rochdale.

Dunn now wants to take that form into tomorrow’s game, but knows Burton Albion will be tough opposition. 

He said: "We had a positive week last week. Four points out of the last two games was very good so if we can back it up with wins it home, it will stand us in good stead.

“The run of fixtures since I’ve been in charge has been a tough start to my managerial career but I think we’ve done well so far. 

"We are going in the right direction so I’m hoping we can put in a good display on Saturday. When we played against Sheffield United, I thought we were excellent so if we carry on like that and show the same resilience when we went down to 10 men and the same togetherness we will be okay.

“I know Burton and Jimmy well after playing against him a couple of times and been up and down the country watching games and if you look at Burton’s stats, they are the best in the league for chances created against. 

"They don’t concede many chances which means he works hard on the defensive side of the game. Over time, Jimmy will want to go more flamboyant in his play like he was.”

Mike Jones and Danny Lafferty were both forced off in last weekend’s stalemate with Rochdale and the manager gave an update on their situation.

“We had two unforced ones on Saturday and that was disappointing,” he commented. 

“Jones will be getting a scan and Danny Lafferty has gone back to Burnley to have another scan on his shoulder. 

"It’s not ideal but it gives other players a chance to come in and show me what they have got. Most of our players are out of contract at the end of the season so it gives them the chance to prove they are worth a new one.”

Looking at the more long term injuries, both Jake Cassidy and Jonathan Forte are progressing well from their injuries.

“Jake is two or three weeks away from being ready,” Dunn said. “He will see the specialist to get the go ahead to step things up and that is positive. 

"Forte will be back around Christmas time and we are okay. It’s not disastrous.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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