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Bunn Excited For Emirates FA Cup Involvement

9 November 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn says he and his team are excited ahead of the Emirates FA Cup First Round tie with Hampton & Richmond Borough on Monday Evening.

Latics travel to the Jezzards Beveree Stadium on Monday, November 12 (7:45pm kick off) and Bunn is looking forward to the test on the night.

“I'm excited, it's another game and we always get excited before games, plus it's on the telly, so the players will be excited with that, but it's another game we'll enjoy and look to win.” He said.

“I haven't been involved this early in the competition, certainly not as a player, but you see and hear about all these cup upsets and it just brings excitement to the nation.

“It's a fantastic competition full of history and everybody looks forward to it.”

Oldham have a had a tough week in terms of travel after playing away at Stevenage last Saturday before a trip to Notts County in midweek.

Following that game in Nottingham, Bunn gave his players a couple of days off to rest and recover which he believes will benefit the team come Monday night.

“Physically and mentally along with the travel has taken it out on the players, we've been on the road at Stevenage, then again Tuesday and we'll be on the road Monday.” He commented.

“If you take all that into consideration, they've had a tough week even prior to Tuesday, so we thought it would be better if they had a breather, not only from football, but from us as well, so mentally and physically it was a nice refresher.

“Everyone’s been bright again this morning, looking sharp and energetic and we're looking forward to the game on Monday.”

The Conference National South side will prove a tough test for Bunn’s team under the floodlights on Monday evening, especially with the game being televised.

Bunn is no stranger to cup upsets from his time playing under Joe Royle in the early 1990s, so he knows that this group of players must focus on themselves to get the job done.

“It's up to the players to blank everything out and think about themselves and the team, it's one you've got to be mentally tough with.

“Whenever you go to teams below you in the leagues, it's about the mental approach that the players must be aware of.

“We all know why the cameras are there, they're not there to watch Oldham specifically, they're there for an upset, so hopefully we can negate that and come through with a positive result.”

Bunn admits he didn’t know much about their opponents on Monday night when the draw was made, but he says that the team is prepared to the challenge that lies ahead.

“They had a good start to the season, but they've just faltered a little bit recently over the last two weeks, so they've dropped down the table.

“Oxford City beat them 4-2 on Saturday, but they knock Eastleigh out in the fourth qualifying round to get this far.

“We've asked teams that they've played previously for some footage and we've got some footage ourselves, so we'll approach it like any other game.”


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