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Bunn Delighted With Second Half Response

18 November 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn was pleased with the way his side reacted in the second half in the 3-1 win over Cambridge United on Saturday.

Latics fell behind to a wonder striker from George Maris, before goals from George Edmundson, Jordan Lyden and Callum Lang turned things around for Bunn’s men.

Although Bunn didn’t have too many complaints in the way in which the team conceded, he was frustrated as the way Latics performed in the first 45 minutes.

“We were disappointing first although I thought there was nothing in it, they've scored a worldie past a young lad making his league debut.” He said.

“It was a great strike by them, I thought we didn't put enough pressure on the ball and their bench were just saying shoot within 30 yards of goal.

“I think they had three shots and scored one, but to be fair to Alex (Palmer) he's pulled off a great save at one nil, a one on one on the counter attack.

“But we didn't offer much, certainly going forward, but second half we just turned everything around.”

Bunn has some strong words to say at half-time to his players in the dressing room, words that he couldn’t repeat in his post-match press conference.

However, the strong words did the trick as Latics produced a fantastic second-half performance, with Bunn a much happier man at the full-time whistle.

“I can't repeat what I said at half-time, but there were strong words said.” He commented.

“We got the response from the lads, it's the second time I've done that and it's the second time I've had a response from them, but we don't want to be doing that too often.

“We know we've got quality within the squad and second half was an example of that, it was full of aggression, it was direct, powerful and we just woke up second half.”

Earlier in the week, Bunn had demanded his team start chipping in with goals across the pitch which was something that happened on Saturday with Edmundson grabbing his goal first of the season.

“A centre half scoring from a set play is fantastic and he should have four or five, as should Clarkey.

“It was a great ball from Dan into th right area and George has timed his run, freed himself up and got that finishing touch.”

Bunn was also full of praise for the other two Latics goal scorers in Lyden and Lang.

“I didn't know it was going in until I saw Ishmael (Miller) put his hands up.

“It was great awareness from Jordan and great pressure from Ishmael and Sam (Surridge), we've picked up the loose ball with Jordan doing the rest.

“We perhaps want a little bit more from his (Lang) performance within the team and individually, but if he keeps scoring goals then it's good for him.”

It was back-to-back wins for Oldham on Saturday and Bunn is hoping his team can kick on from now until the end of the season.

He also reiterated how close this Latics squad is with two comebacks wins in a week showing the spirit and togetherness of the players once again.

“It's down to players, there's certain qualities within the whole group and it's about getting a formula that suits everybody.

“Again, you can't question the players spirit and togetherness, not just the players on the pitch, the whole group want to do well, and we all want to succeed.

“The belief they have is incredible, but they need to produce performances more consistently.”

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