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Hunt “We Dug In There”

14 November 2018

Defender Rob Hunt believes Latics showed good spirit to turn things around against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Monday night.

Oldham found themselves a goal behind going into the closing stages of the game before Hunt himself popped up with an equaliser before Callum Lang netted the winner.

Hunt says that the team were disappointed with the first-half performance but had more pleasing emotions at the final whistle.

“First half we were disappointed, we had so many chances and may have had two penalties, so I'll have to watch them back, but so many chances for us to be three, four and even five nil up.” He said.

“From where I was their penalty looked very soft, at half time we had a team talk, we knew what we had to do and second half we turned it around and ended up with completely different emotions.

“The spirit we have has been installed by the gaffer ever since he's come in, we keep going, we stay together, and we'll keep doing what we're good at.

“Thankfully it paid off in the end, but it shouldn't be down to the second half we should be doing the job in the first half.”

The Emirates FA Cup can throw up daunting ties for many Football League clubs travelling to non-league opposition with the cameras usually there for a shock upset.

However, Hunt believes that the side dealt with the difficult circumstances well to get the result Latics deserved on the night.

“It's always going to be difficult coming to places like this, but you know what you're going to get, the crowd were right behind them and we had to weather the opening exchanges.” He commented.

“It wasn't our best performance, but we dug in there and they weren't really looking like they were going to score from anything apart from a set piece.

“They got a decision in their favour which we had to grind out and thankfully we got the two goals in the end.”

Before the season started Hunt had never scored a senior goal, but Monday meant he netted for the second time this season with another poachers’ goal.

“The ball broke, and I see Dan (Gardner) running, I think there was three or four of us that just went for it on the counter, thankfully their guy missed it at the front post and I put it back where it came from and luckily it went in.”

Over the past month Latics have had to do plenty of travelling with long trips to Northampton Town, Stevenage, Notts County and Hampton & Richmond.

Frankie Bunn’s men take on Cambridge United at Boundary Park this Saturday with Hunt looking forward to playing back in front of the home fans.

“It'll be nice to be back in front of the home fans, hopefully we can give them a positive result and get back to winning ways in the league.”


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