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Bunn Rues Missed Chances

15 August 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Frankie Bunn believes missed chances were the difference in the Carabao Cup tie with Championship side Derby County.

Frank Lampard’s side ran out two-nil winners thanks to an own goal and a wonder strike from Mason Mount.

“We should have scored, we had three good chances to score which we didn't take and that was the difference between the teams.” Bunn said.

“I thought we set up well, we were organised and disciplined, we broke them when we could and we're just lacking that little bit of quality again in the final third.”

Derby keeper Scott Carson made vital saves from Jonathan Benteke and Johan Branger-Engone moments before each of the visitors’ goals.

Bunn was slightly disappointed with the way in which Latics conceded the goals but put it down to the quality Derby had in their ranks.

“I think the extra class in certain areas of the field told, we've switched off for the first goal and got the wrong side of someone so there's an error that's avoidable.” He commented.

“The quality of their set plays, putting the balls into good areas is something you don't encounter much in League Two.”

However, he was again impressed with the hard work and performances of his young side who put in a real shift on the night.

“Again, I think the kids have been great.

“They haven't looked out of place tonight against a Championship team, so we've got some good young players and they'll keep getting better and better.

“The lads have run their legs off, they’ve competed and chased everything, and perhaps deserved something from the game but just fell to a little bit of quality from Derby County.”

Bunn is hoping to have some first team players back for this Saturdays’ Sky Bet League Two fixture with Macclesfield Town.

Last night saw Boundary Park unveil The Joe Royle Stand and Bunn heaped praise on his former manager.

“Joe's fantastic,” Bunn said

“He's brought us all up and the time we spent together here was fantastic and everybody knows through history of the club how good those times were: promotions, FA Cup semi-finals and the League Cup final.

“We do talk about football a lot and have a giggle, but Joe is very approachable and always has been, he’s a sort of a mentor you can look to for help and advice at times.”


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