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Bunn “We’re All In It Together”

15 November 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn once again reiterated the spirit and determination that this current crop of Oldham Athletic players have ahead of the Sky Bet League Two fixture with Cambridge United this Saturday.

Over the past few games, Latics have failed to convert some decent openings, but Bunn says his side will always keep going until the end which was evident on Monday against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

However, he does accept that his team do need to start converting the chances they create to make life easier for themselves.

“The highlight at the minute is us not taking our chances and anyone who has watched us over the past three games will recognise that fact.” He said.

“That's where we are at the minute, but we keep plugging away and the spirit again, if you just go back to Monday night it was unbelievable.

“We're all in it together, we work hard, and we win, lose or draw together.

“It's a big family, so we need everybody with us and we've said we won't get our way all of the time, we're going to have our ups and downs with us not being good enough at times, but we have to keep on plugging away.”

It’s something the team have worked on in training throughout the season, but Bunn says the players need to start taking responsibility for these chances.

“The players have to now make the right decisions and execute those chances when they come, as soon they go across that white line, I can't make those decisions for them, it's what they see and how they do that.” He commented.

“Technically they're all good players and the chances come in the moment, so they've got to start making the most of those moments.”

However, the Latics manager doesn’t put all the blame for these chances on his forward players as he believes the whole team need to start chipping in.

“Our centre halves could have three or four goals each, it's not just about the frontmen, we've created chances from set plays and we expect our centre halves to score from some of those.

“Everybody needs to chip in, the midfielders and the wide players, Rob’s (Hunt) got a couple of goals when he's marauding forward, so goals have to come from elsewhere in the team and not just the front players.”

Bunn also provided an injury update on Sam Surridge and Jose Baxter, with the latter being ruled out with an ankle injury picked up on Monday.

“It's a bit of bad news with Jose, he's going to be six to eight weeks with ligament damage, so it's a blow as he was just getting back into the swing of things so it's a minor setback for him.

“Sam will be back with us tomorrow and hopefully he'll play some part Saturday if required.

“We'll see how he is tomorrow, he's been out for a month and we have to tailor the minutes he plays, we can't force him back for 90 minutes of football straight away.”

Latics have been on their travels in recent weeks with Bunn looking forward to returning to Boundary Park.

However, he expects a tough challenge from this weekend’s opponents as Cambridge have had an upturn in form in recent league games.

Bunn also expects The U’s to react to their Emirates FA Cup defeat away at non-league Guiseley on Saturday.

“I watched the game against Guiseley when they were four nil down, but they shouldn't have been, Cambridge missed two or three good chances.

“They've hit a rich vein of form, certainly in the league, so it will be a tough game and again the league is that inconsistent that people pick points up when you least expect it.

“It'll be a tight game, I think they'll hard to break down and they've got pace on the counter, but hopefully we can produce a good performance for the supporters.”


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