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Bunn Isn't Getting Carried Away Following Derby Day Delight

16 December 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Frankie Bunn is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after the resounding win over local rivals Bury at Boundary Park.

Latics were 3-0 up at half time before a Bury fightback in the second half which was eventually nullified by Chris O'Grady scoring his third goal of the game on the hour mark. 

The manager was overjoyed by his players' first half performance.

"We were fantastic," he said. 

"The game plan was implemented and it was executed. 

"The way we pressed, got on top of them was terrific and for the first time in a long time we took our chances and it just goes to show that if you do take your chance it stands you in good stead. 

"The way we went about all of our work in the first half was very, very good.

 

"Bury are a really good team and we put them to the sword in the first half and that was really pleasing."

 

Two goals early in the second half gave Bury a lift and comeback on the cards. For the manager that was the one disappointment of the day.

 

"I thought towards the latter stages of the first half I could sense a little bit of us taking the foot off the gas and we had a go at half time, we weren't there yet." He explained.

 

"We had to come out the way we started the first half and low and behold after a minute it was 3-1.

 

"Your heart sinks, then it's two and then you are in for a real scrap. We gave them the impetus to come at us, thankfully Chris [O'Grady] got one over the line and we saw it out.

 

Some of the defending was frantic, for a neutral it would have been really exciting."

 

Chris O'Grady restored Latics' two goal lead with a header, completing his perfect hat trick in the process.

 

Bunn had high praise for the striker after the match.

 

"I'm absolutely delighted for him," he said.

 

"He's a proper gentleman, he's a total professional, he looks after himself like you won't believe.

 

"He's a credit to himself, to his family and to our football club. 

 

"He takes some stick every now and then but he does a lot of things that maybe some supporters don't see and appreciate but I can tell you to a man the team appreciate everything he does for us and I'm so delighted he's got his rewards."

 

The result moves the team up to 10th in Sky Bet League Two, just two point off a play-off spot.

 

The manager wasn't being drawn into talking about the league table but instead insisted that the hard work is only just beginning.

 

"I mentioned last week this side don't chuck the towel in and through their adversity they keep plugging away." He commented.

 

"There is still loads of work to do, we haven't achieved anything yet. It is great to win, as it always is, and we enjoy the wins together but we can't get too carried away with ourselves." 

 


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