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Bunn Happy With Character Shown

14 November 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn was relieved to get through the Emirates FA Cup tie with Hampton & Richmond Borough on Monday night.

Latics provided a late comeback thanks to goals from Rob Hunt and Callum Lang and Bunn was pleased with the character his team showed to turn the game around.

“There was character shown tonight, you can see the togetherness of the squad with the celebration of Callum's goal, we're all together and we'll stick together through thick and thin.” He said.

“It’s something we'll need to do, there's a good spirit amongst the boys and they want to do well, like all the staff do, we want to do well for this football club.”

The Emirates FA Cup has provided many shocks down the years, with a few Football League sides facing defeats to Non-League opposition over the weekend.

Bunn himself is no stranger to cup upsets as a player, but he was pleased that it wasn’t the case with his Latics side on Monday.

“It was a difficult game, we thought it was going to be difficult and we all knew why the cameras were there and they nearly got what they wanted, but the lads dug deep and got their reward in the end.” He commented.

“I was relieved in the end, but I think it's what we deserved, we weren't going to win no matter what happened today, and we may have won the game, but we're not winners.

“It was a tough tie for us, there's a lot of League Clubs that went out of the competition over the weekend and we were fortunate in the end to not be one of them.”

Latics created plenty of chances on the night before they turned the game around, but Bunn says his players need to start taking these chances to make life easier for themselves.

“We've had some great opportunities, missing from four or five yards out and again you're thinking it's going to be one of those nights.

“It's been one of our failings over the last month or so, we've got to start putting our chances away and making life easier for ourselves.”

Bunn was also unhappy with the officiating again as he felt the penalty that was awarded to Hampton & Richmond was a soft decision.

“I can't keep going on about officials, I think he just guessed and they're going to have to start getting these decisions right because they cost people their livelihoods.

“I know it's a tough job and I won't shy away from that, but they have to make sure they get key decisions right and not guess, so I was disappointed with the decision, but the boys have overcome a little bit of adversity again and have come through the other side.”

Latics set up a Second-Round tie away at Maidstone United with the win, but there was a downer on the night as Jose Baxter left the field on a stretcher.

Baxter ended the night on crutches, but Bunn doesn’t know how serious the injury is just yet.

“It obviously looked a little bit serious when he got stretchered off, I've seen him in the changing room and he was on crutches in a boot, so we'll have to assess the damage with a scan and we'll find out more after that.”

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