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Bunn Looking To Improve On Tuesday’s Performance

4 October 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn believes his side need to perform better than they did at Mansfield Town on Tuesday night when Carlisle United visit Boundary Park this Saturday.

Although it was a solid defensive display from his team, along with another good goalkeeping performance, Bunn knows his side must do better when in possession as an attacking threat.

“We’re disappointed with the performance on Tuesday because it wasn’t great, especially with the ball, it's probably the worst performance I’ve seen since I’ve been here.” He said.

“Defensively we were good with a bit of a luck and a good goalkeeping display, so we’ve come away with a point in the end which we were grateful for, but it needs to be better.”

Latics have come through the past two games with two points and two clean sheets to their names, but were unable to find the net without top scorer Sam Surridge.

However, Bunn believes his side will be able to find the goals once again in front of the Boundary Park faithful.

“We've worked on a few things in training, we're planning and preparing for Carlisle and hopefully everything will come to fruition on Saturday.” He commented.

“The onus is on us to dominate a game again at home which we've done over our past two matches at Boundary Park.

“We scored 3 against Colchester, so it's not that we're shy of goals it’s just we're missing our leading goalscorer which may be a problem, but we certainly need to improve from Tuesdays performance.”

Bunn provided an injury update on Surridge as well as loan signing Jordan Lyden who hasn’t featured so far this season due to a thigh problem.

“Sam is coming on nicely, hopefully he'll be there or there about on Saturday and, everyone else seems to be fine at the minute.

“Jordan is doing ok, we're planning on getting minutes into him on Tuesday in the Checkatrade game, he's been very good in training and he should be because he's played in Premier League before.”

Carlisle will provide another stern test for Oldham on Saturday with Latics fans no stranger to the man in charge of The Cumbrians in the shape of John Sheridan.

“Everybody knows about Shez, he’s a legend here he finished his playing career at Oldham and I watched him numerous times dictating play.

“He had some great spells as manager, but he’s moved on as most managers do, I have the upmost respect for him not only as an ex player but as a manager, so it’ll be nice to see John again.”

Over 400 fans travelled to both Swindon Town and Mansfield over the past two games as the Latics faithful continued to show their fantastic support.

Bunn was once again full of praise for the noise they made in both of those fixtures and he is hoping they can replicate that at Boundary Park.

“Hopefully it'll be a big gate, the travelling supporters that went Tuesday were disappointed with the performance and they had a right to be, but we need their support.

“We all think they’re terrific, again we went and applauded them for their attendance and they were good for us, so we'll need them again hopefully they can make some noise at Boundary Park.”

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