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BUNN: "The Spirit Is Still There"

5 November 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Frankie Bunn says the squad's spirits are as high as they have been all season, despite a defeat last time out.

Latics led Stevenage twice on Saturday at the Lamex Stadium but the hosts came back to win the game 3-2. 

Ishmael Miller opened the scoring for Bunn's side shortly after 10 minutes, with every player running over to the touchline to celebrate with the manager. 

Speaking about the celebration, Bunn says it was a example of his side's togetherness.

"We're a group that has been only been together for 17 games and we'll grow together, we'll fight together and fall together." He explained.

"The main thing is the spirit is still there and always will be, that is what we set out in stone the first time we met. 

"It something we work on continually and we have to be together. 

"The club is in transition and we have never hidden away from that fact. We're trying to sort things out and trying to develop."

Latics have proven in the past that they can bounce back from adversity and the manager is hopeful the side can do just that tomorrow when they take on Notts County at Meadow Lane, but he also admits it isn't an easy game to prepare for with the quick turnaround.

"I think if you speak to any coach and they will say they like a clear week running up to the game but British football is what it is and the players love playing. He commented.

"Coaches perhaps need a bit more time to prepare for a game but this is where we are. 

Notts County haven't won in four league matches, losing three of those. Despite that, Bunn believes tomorrow's opposition will look to get at his team.

"Harry [Kewell] likes to play," Bunn said.

"They'll be expansive and he tries to play attractive football.

"Again, it's another big club in transition and I'm sure Harry will need time there as well." 

It will be the second away trip of three in nine days and the manager has paid tribute to the Oldham supporters who back the side week in, week out.

"They are brilliant," Bunn commented.

"I thought the fans were terrific on Saturday, we've come to expect that. 

"We do need their support and everybody feels positive when people supporting them are positive. 

"Through the rough times and bad patches that we have we need positive support."

Oldham Athletic take on Notts County at Meadow Lane tomorrow (Tuesday, November 5), 7:45pm kick off.

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