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Bunn Looking To Overcome Tricky Maidstone Tie

29 November 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn is looking forward to this Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie with Maidstone United (3pm).

Maidstone will provide tough opposition, especially having already knocked out fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town.

However, Bunn says his side will show no signs of complacency on Saturday and that they will dwell on their previous experience of Hampton & Richmond Borough in the First Round.

“I think the Hampton game gives the players a really good insight, I don't think we were complacent, and we handled the situation really well that night.” He said.

“It's just important we turn up and it's about us again, if we turn up like I know we have already we’ll be ok, so I'll be expecting the same from the players with this game.”

Unfortunately for Latics they didn’t come unscathed in Tuesday night’s draw with Lincoln City as Dan Gardner coming off injured and Ishmael Miller is out through suspension.

It is still unclear how bad Gardner's is as the midfielder must wait to have a scan on his knee.

“We're still waiting for the swelling to go down and he'll (Gardner) be scanned as soon as possible, so when that's done, we'll know more about it.” He commented.

“It's a blow to lose Ishmael, to eventually get him to something like we know he can be and then not have him available is a loss, but we move on and utilise the squad.”

Despite the unwelcomed timing of injuries and suspensions with a busy December coming up, Bunn says the squad will be tested to it’s maximum and the players coming in need to perform.

“It's bad timing with this month and an important game Saturday, each game is of importance and we're just hoping we get people back as soon as possible.

“The squad will be tested, we've picked up a few more injuries then we would like so it's being tested to the full but it’s a chance for people to perform.

“That’s why we have 20 men within the squad who are available for situations like this, we have to get on with it and other members of the squad have a chance to step in and they need to take that chance.”

It is no secret of the problems Latics face this Saturday with the obvious one being that Maidstone play on an artificial surface.

However, Bunn will not be using that as an excuse and he says it will not make a difference on the day as long as his side turn up.

“We've been on one this morning and we'll train again tomorrow on astroturf ready for Saturday.

“Ideally, we would have liked more time on the surface, but we are where we are and we're doing the best we can and we're preparing as much as we can do.

“We just have to turn up and play, it's as simple as that so we have to put the pitch to the back of our minds.

“We've got some talented footballers here that can play on any surface, so hopefully they'll turn up on the day.”

There will be plenty of Latics supporters making the trip down to Maidstone on Saturday and Bunn praised the ones in the stands on Tuesday night.

“We know there's a togetherness within the squad and you could see it in the stands on Tuesday which was pleasing.

“It's maybe taken a while, hopefully they're understanding where we're coming from and what we're trying to do, and we have the intentions of the club in good heart.

“We all want to succeed pushing towards that and pushing in the right direction and it was great for the supporters to stay and applaud the lads off because I thought they deserved that.”


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