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Bunn Looking To Bounce Back On Tuesday

21 October 2018


Bunn Looking To Bounce Back On Tuesday

21 October 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn is targeting the three points when Latics take on Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening after slipping to another home defeat to Port Vale yesterday.

Latics fell victim to a 0-1 defeat due to a converted Tom Pope penalty, but Bunn believes his side have the capabilities to turn things around on Tuesday night.

“We’re disappointed, but there's always another game, we take the second half performance into Tuesday perhaps with finishing a few chances which we’ve had today.” He said.

“We’ve had a great result at Bradford and got beat narrowly today, so we’ve still got life about us and we'll roll our sleeves up and go again Tuesday.”

Bunn wasn’t happy with the referee’s performance on Saturday with Latics denied a spot kick on several occasions, most notably when Callum Lang was brought down in the first half.

“I thought it was a penalty, I thought the referee at times was poor today and he's going to have to hold his hands up, certainly on the Callum Lang one.” He commented.

“There was a couple of other issues throughout the game, but we can't rely on the referee, but he did add to the few problems we endured.”

However, he accepts that his team can’t give away cheap goals like they have been doing at home in recent times as well as being more clinical in front of goal themselves.

“I can't legislate the penalty, I don't know what Peter was thinking about, it was a poor decision with the ball running out of play.

“We looked nervous first 15-20 mins, the penalty didn’t help, but we grew into the game second half and just couldn’t score, we threw everything at them.

“To be fair to them they got blocks on the line and we’ve hit the bar and should have had a penalty, but we certainly need to be more clinical in front of goal.

“As a frontman if you don’t score for a while you get a little bit edgy about it, but you have to remain calm and be ice cool in the box because they'll be another chance along the way which you’ve got to make sure you’re ready for.”

Latics were without several players on Saturday with the news that Sam Surridge, Ishmael Miller, Zeus De La Paz and Andy Taylor were missing through injury.

Mohamed Maouche also had to pull out of the starting XI having injured his thigh in the warm up, but Bunn does not use the injuries as an excuse.

“We haven’t seen Sam since Bradford, he’s finished the game at Bradford running strong in the 94th minute and he hasn't appeared since, he's got a grade 1+ hamstring tear which will be between 2-3 weeks.

“We were missing Ishmael as well, so a little bit of pace and power up there at times would have been helpful today.

“We lost Zeus as well, again hamstring, it was an unfortunate accident in training where he's got his boot caught in the turf and Andy Taylor hasn’t revered since his hamstring problem in the game against Bradford.”

Bunn will be hoping his side can turn around their home form with the visit of Cheltenham on Tuesday and he believes the players will be determined to put things right.

“The players kept going and they're fighting, but again the quality wasn’t good enough in the box and we should have got something out of the game again.

“We'll be motivated, and I think the players are good enough to bounce back which we've shown we can do in the past.”

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