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Bunn “We’re Taking Each Game As It Comes”

6 December 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn isn’t looking too far ahead as his Oldham Athletic side prepare to take on Crewe Alexandra this weekend.

Latics were handed an exciting Emirates FA Cup tie away at Premier League side Fulham earlier in the week, but Bunn isn’t looking at that game with a busy December to get through.

“Playing at Craven Cottage and a Premier League stage which the club was used to twenty odd years ago, so it'll be nice and again have a good following like we have had in the previous rounds.” He said.

“It's back to the capital for a third time and hopefully it's as lucky as we have been in the previous rounds.

“It's a distant game, we have to take each game as it comes, and we have to prepare for five or six games before it.”

Latics will play seven games before that Fulham tie comes around and with a depilated squad through injuries, Bunn is hoping to get through without any additional injury problems.

“It's the old cliché, but we're just taking each game as it comes which is all we can do because of the injuries we’ve got.” He commented.

“We've got to take stock after every game and hopefully we'll come through unscathed on Saturday.”

On the injury front Bunn provided an update on the players who will be missing and returning.

Dan Gardner’s injury is still yet to be confirmed as he goes for another scan and Bunn hopes to see him back as soon as possible.

“We're still waiting with Dan, I think he's going to have a second opinion and until I know the full details of that I can't really comment.

“We've lost one of our players that means a lot to us and hopefully he can get back as quickly as possible.

“Jordan (Lyden) has trained, he'd had been ready for the Rochdale game, so he's back in the fold.

“The long-term injuries aren't in the fold yet are Jose (Baxter), Jonathan (Benteke) and Zeus (De La Paz) and obviously Ishmael (Miller) is still suspended.”

Latics have had a stranger week in terms of preparation as they got ready for a Checkatrade Trophy match with Rochdale which was postponed last minute.

Bunn says that it hasn’t affected his side and he will be expecting a tough game from their opponents this weekend, but he hopes to continue the six-game unbeaten run.

“It's great to get that momentum, I think it's important because it breathes confidence with good results and hopefully that'll continue.

“There are no easy games like we keep saying, they're all competitive and physical so we all know what to expect and we have to make sure we turn up on the day.

“Crewe are renowned for bringing players through their academy, I think they've got five or six that are in the squad that have been there a while.

“They're doing ok, they've got a very good home record and again they'll be difficult opponents.”


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