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Hunt “Once We Find Consistency We’ll Be Fine”

2 November 2018

Club News

Hunt “Once We Find Consistency We’ll Be Fine”

2 November 2018

Defender Rob Hunt believes that once the side get on a run of consistent results Oldham Athletic will start to climb back up the table.

Latics have had five wins, five draws and five losses so far this season as they sit seven points outside the playoff positions, but Hunt puts it down to the nature of League Two football.

“It's completely different to League One, teams that come here (Boundary Park) just sit behind the ball for a draw and try to nick a one-nil and every team barring MK Dons have done that.” He said.

“We've got to be patient when playing at home and try and break teams down and early goals can be crucial at home as it brings teams out of their shape and they try and go for it so we can then pick them off.

“Away from home our record is really good apart from last weekend and the group is great, we've got a good team spirit and we're fully behind what the gaffer wants us to do, so it's just about sticking together, finding that consistency and we'll be fine.”

Hunt has played every minute of every league game so far this season, but Frankie Bunn has usually rested the fullback in the cup competitions.

However, Hunt believes that a rest at times can benefit players in a long season and he was pleased to see the team fight back in the second half on Tuesday night.

“It's nice to get a rest, I've played quite a bit this season and a few boys were coming back from injury like Tayls (Andy Taylor), so it was good to see him come back and get through the 90 minutes.” He commented.

“Obviously at half time everyone was disappointed with the way we played, but we said a few things at half time both the players and the gaffer but all credit to the boys for digging in and getting the important result which got us through to the next round.”

Hunt has played more of an advanced role this season, supporting the forward players when on the attack which has seen him chip in with a few assists this season.

He also grabbed his first senior goal in football last weekend and he’s enjoying the freedom to attack this campaign.

“It's not the greatest goal I'll probably ever score, not like my one at Manchester City when I was playing in the U15s, but they all count so it was good to get my first.”

“The gaffer wants us to have lots of energy, attack and help out the forward players when we can, but first and foremost we're defenders.

“It's good to get forward to get assists and a goal, which if anyone saw I couldn't miss, but I'm enjoying it, we just need a bit of consistency as a team with results.

 “The games come thick and fast, so before you know it you could be up the league and back in the playoffs which is where we want to be.”

Latics take on Stevenage tomorrow who are sat just two points outside the playoffs in 8th place.

Hunt says that the confidence is high going into the game, but he is still expecting a tough task from the home side.

“We don't want to get above ourselves, but we're confident in what we do and what we're about, we'll try and nullify what they're good at then try and attack what they're not so good at.

“It'll be tough, they've got two big guys up front in a 4-4-2, we'll try and get the ball down and play, but we know what we're going to do, and we'll try and nullify what they do.”

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