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Bunn Pleased With Competition In The Squad

30 August 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn believes the depth of his squad will provide positive results and performances as the season goes on.

With players returning to near full fitness, Bunn could face selection dilemmas as the campaign goes on, starting with this Saturday’s game at home to Crawley Town.

“I’m happy with the flexibility of the squad, albeit they haven’t all been fit at the same time, so we’ve tinkered here and there so far.” He said.

“It’ll be great to have them all back and competition for places will be good for them, but we have to be careful because some players have just started training this week.”

With August coming to an end, Bunn looked back on the first month of the season in a positive manner.

“I think it's been a tough month, but I think we’ve come through ok and we’ve had a good start, so hopefully we can get better from here.” He commented.

“Getting the points on the board, a couple of clean sheets and players back fit mixed in with positive results and positive performances has been great, but of course there are areas we can improve in.”

Oldham currently sit 8th in the table with eight points on the board from the opening five fixtures.

However, Latics have so far racked up 14 yellows cards this season, with Christopher Missilou picking up three already.

“We like to press we work hard we have perhaps given too many freekicks away, certainly in dangerous areas, so it’s something we need to look at.

“Chris (Missilou) just needs to develop his understanding of the English game and style here, so he needs to be a little bit careful at times.

“We’ve spoken to him about not being so rash in challenges, but we don’t want to take that aggressive side away from him either.”

There have been rumours circulating during the week that Crawley will be without manager Harry Kewell on Saturday, but Bunn doesn’t see that as a concern.

“I don't think it'll affect us, we're preparing to play Crawley whether Harry’s there or not, so it hasn’t affected any of our plans at all.

“Knowing Harry, who was a good footballer, I should imagine his teams like to play and try and play so I expect much of that.”

Bunn once again praised the Oldham Athletic support over the course of the campaign so far and calls for it to continue.

“I’ve said it since we’ve come back, the support has been fantastic, and I hope they can make as much noise at Boundary Park as they did last Saturday at Morecambe because vocally they were terrific.

“We're trying to enhance that close bond between the club and the town which I think has been missing for a while.

“We're trying our best, we can't do anything without peoples support and so far, they’ve been great, but we need that to continue.”

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