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Bunn Proud Of His Team’s Performance

28 November 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn was delighted with the effort and spirit showed in the 1-1 draw with Lincoln City last, but he was slightly disappointed in the end as he felt his side deserved the three points.

However, Bunn’s main concern after the game was the wellbeing of midfielder Dan Gardner who was stretchered off midway through the first half.

“First and foremost, my concerns go out to Dan Gardner because it didn't look great and my thoughts are with him at the minute, so that was a bitter pill to take.” He said.

“As for the team's performance again it was outstanding, I'm just disappointed we didn't win the game.”

“10 men against the league leaders and I thought our spirit, identity and everything we're about has come to fruition since the second half in the Cambridge game which carried on throughout the game tonight.”

Mohamed Maouche replaced the injured Gardner and he put in a performance that pleased Bunn, not only his quality on the ball, but the work he did off it as well.

“He was terrific, his goal was speculative, and he has that ability.” He commented.

“What he did tonight was the other side of the game which we want him to do because he always looks tidy on the ball, but he's got to learn to do the other side of the game and he did tonight.”

The main talking point of the game was unfortunately once again surrounded by decisions made by the officials with referee Ben Toner in the spotlight for a few reasons.

Bunn believes that the red card shown to Ishmael Miller was a harsh decision and that the striker had every reason to challenge for the loose ball.

“Years and years ago the keeper gets up and dusts himself down and we're playing again.

“Ishmael has no malice in him, despite how big and powerful he is, he wasn't looking for the keeper, his eyes were on the ball and the ball was waist height.

“I think he has right to challenge for the ball, so for him (the referee) to produce the red card is astounding and when he looks back at the reply, hopefully he'll realise that.”

Bunn was also unhappy with a number of different decisions as Sam Surridge may have won a penalty in the first half.

However, Bunn was more frustrated with the lead up to Lincoln’s equaliser as he believed there was two clear handballs in the phase of play before Michael O’Connor’s goal.

He also believes that referees need to start taking more responsibility for the key decisions they get wrong within games.

“People say I come out with excuses, but refereeing decisions have cost us about 12 points which puts us near the top of the table if they go our way.

“They should compensate managers that lose jobs because they've got to realise how much of an impact they have on other people’s careers.

“It's alright them flashing red cards and giving silly decisions, but there were two handballs to the lead up to the equaliser and they were both blatant.

“I can't understand how he's missed these handballs, the most critical decisions he's got wrong tonight and it was another poor refereeing display”.

Despite the adversity Latics had to go through, they managed to adapt and, on another day, could have taken the three points.

Bunn was pleased with the way his squad adapted to the situations in the game and the way in which the team continued to play throughout.

“With the sending off we've had to readjust again, I just thought we had to get some legs out wide and some legs up front because I know it was going to be a tough stint.

“We needed somebody up there with mobility who also carried a goal threat, so that was the reasoning behind the changes which paid off and it shows we've got a little bit of depth in the squad.  

“I think there was 13 man of the matches tonight, the 11 that started and the subs, we are a tight unit, we don't try and pick individuals out because it's a team performance and everyone did their bit.”

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