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Bunn “It Was A Professional Job”

3 December 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn was pleased with the way his side managed their FA Cup tie with Maidstone United on Saturday.

Latics went through to the third round thanks to goals from Captain Peter Clarke and Chris O’Grady on a relatively comfortable afternoon for the away side.

Bunn labelled the performance ‘professional’ and he was pleased to see his side claim the first goal to make life easier for themselves.

“I thought we were very professional with our performance.” He said.

“We knew we had to start brightly which I thought we did, we got the early goal which sort of settled us a little bit.

“It's hard to go behind which we saw at Hampton & Richmond and that goal gave us something to defend and then we just had to manage the game.

“I think the lads did that really well, they hit the bar late on which was their first real chance on target, so we've kept them at bay over the course of the game.”

It was always going to be a test on an artificial surface for Latics, but they managed to overcome the conditions on the day with flying colours.

Bunn was also pleased with the way his team coped with Maidstone’s style of play and the physicality of the home side across the 90 minutes.

“Add the physicality of the game and a plastic pitch it's got an upset written all over it, but the boys stood strong, so I commend them on that.” He commented.

“It was a test with the conditions as well in terms of their play and what we had to combat I thought we did a professional job.”

Latics were without several first team players on Saturday with academy products Jack Williams and Max Norman both taking a place on the bench.

Bunn hopes the young Latics pair got a great insight into first team football and he says it will improve the duo.

“We're down to the bare bones, we had young Jack Williams and Max Norman from the academy who have been doing well, so it was a bit of an insight for them.

“To go through all the preparation and travel will hopefully improve them and they get a perspective about what it's all about.”

With the third-round draw taking place later tonight, Bunn is hoping that the club will be able to draw a big side away from home.

“I just want a big Premier League side away from home, I'd like Man City having worked there for a number of years, but just a big one away from home.”

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