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Dunn Pleased With Blades Point

18 October 2015

Manager David Dunn was full of praise for his players after a battling performance earned his 10-man side a draw against promotion favourites Sheffield United.

Danny Philliskirk had given Dunn’s side a 10th minute lead but on the half hour mark, Blades forward Matt Done equalised with a controlled finish into the top corner.

Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Burn received his marching orders in the second half but Latics held on to a point, something which pleased the gaffer.

Dunn said: "I thought we were great value for money in the first half. We were outstanding all over the pitch and you couldn’t say a bad thing about any one of the players, from one to 11 but we said at half time that Sheffield United would step their game up and they did that. 

"They got the momentum a little bit in the second half but we were really resilient. I was proud of the work rate we showed. I think Oldham Athletic can take a lot of credit from that game against a strong Sheffield United side. 

"I said to them before the game to make sure to win the first and second balls and to win the individual battles and we did that today. I also thought the subs came on and made a real impact. 

“It was disappointing to go down to 10 men but it was a good lesson for Burn. He is a good centre half coming up against some experienced players and if I’m being honest, maybe he did pull him back but as long as he learns from it and doesn’t do it again then job done.

"I thought we played well when we went down to 10-men. It was a grind but they worked their socks off and got the point.”

Philliskirk notched his third goal of the season in all competitions with a far post header early into the game.

“I was pleased with Danny,” admitted the manager. “You know what I said about him last week and he is certainly our ‘Mr Reliable'. 

“He fills in all over the pitch for us and his work rate, attitude and mentality is fantastic and that’s what we should be looking for in all our players.”

The game saw the test opening of the new North Stand and the 35-year-old admitted it made an impact.

“It is a big burden lifted off the club, certainly in terms of the fans,” he commented. 

“I’m sure they are delighted with the new stand opening and the way they got behind us again today, I thought they were excellent.”

Latics now travel to Swindon Town on Tuesday night: “It’s no good having a good week, bad week and then a good week. 

“We’ve got to become more consistent and if we can do that then our progression will become better,” Dunn said.

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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