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Bunn Praises Work Ethic Following Pre-Season Win

18 July 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn praised his squad’s work ethic following the 0-2 pre-season victory over FC United of Manchester.

A Trialist netted in the first half before Dan Gardner had a penalty well saved by the FC United goalkeeper.

Latics extended their lead in the second half as new signing Johan Branger-Engone managed to head the second on the hour mark.

Speaking after the game, Bunn said: “I think all of the players have been terrific, you now, I’m not going to single anyone out.

“We’re a team unit, and tonight there were seventeen players, so, that’s us and that’s the kind of togetherness we are trying to bring as well.

“It’s not just about the players on the pitch, it’s the squad and the mentality we’re trying to produce.”

More players managed to get more minutes under their belts and the manager was pleased with their application.

“We’re trying to pick the intensity up, as well as the minutes that we work for intensity,” Bunn added.

“I think we carried on for about 70 minutes which was pretty good, then we sort of tailed off but the way we hunted the ball and tried to get on the front foot was very good.”

Nottingham Forest are the visitors to Boundary Park on Saturday and they will provide Bunn’s side with a very tough test, one the manager is relishing.

“They’re not just a Championship side, they’re a very good Championship side who is going to be in consideration for promotion,” he commented.

“They’ve made some great signings and they’ll be ready to go. As well as us, we’ve got to keep our hard energy and keep working.

“I think it should be quite exciting. It’s our first game at home, hopefully the fans in Oldham will come have a look at us, and hopefully it goes well.”

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