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Dunn: “I’ve Always Been A Fighter.”

7 January 2016

Manager David Dunn understands fans’ frustrations but insists he will fight on and continue to prepare his side for the visit of Millwall on Saturday.

The manager has been subject to pressure from the media this week but insists he is the man to lead Oldham Athletic forward.

He said: “I’ve always been a fighter and from all the things everyone has heard this week, certainly one person is going to roll their sleeves up and have a really good go at it, and that’s me. 

"If I’m asking the players to roll their sleeves up and give it their all, then I’ve got to be the one leading that. I’m certainly not displeased with the performances. 

"Did I think we could have put our foot on the gas a bit more against Colchester? I think we could have and gone for it a bit more. I think that’s what happens when players are low on confidence. 

“It’s very well documented that we have only won five games last year in the league at home so that affects people. When you are hearing all the rumours flying around, it’s not nice but I’m going to come out fighting. 

"I want what every Oldham supporter, or anyone that has an affiliation with the club, wants. I want to get this club where it wants to be.”

Millwall are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park and the manager believes it will be a tough test for his side.

“They are a good side and very organised,” he admitted. “They have good commitment towards their manager and they have some dangerous players. 

“A couple of them have gone back to their parent clubs now so we are playing them while they have a couple of players missing but in the last few weeks our training has been good and I’ve been happy with it. 

"I just need to win more football matches, and that’s a fact. There is no secret to that and hopefully that starts this Saturday.

“I’m bitterly disappointed about last week because it felt like a loss but we have to pick ourselves up and turn these decent performances, at times, into wins, and that’s the be-all and end-all. 

"If I’m going to be brutally honest with myself, have I won as many football games as I should have? Probably not, but I need to start doing it very quickly.”

Burnley duo Cameron Dummigan and Daniel Lafferty signed for a month on loan and Dunn hinted at more ins and outs before next week.

“They were the first two I wanted to get tied up,” commented the manager. “After the Swindon and Rochdale game we had good momentum but we lost Danny and Mike Jones in the same game and that kicked us up the behind a bit, but I’m delighted to have them both back in. 

"We have a few more irons in the fire and hopefully we can get them tied up certainly early next week, then we might have a few outgoing as well. There are a few things bubbling under the surface so let’s see if we can get some of them done as well.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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