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Bunn “We Need To Be More Clinical In Front Of Goal”

22 October 2018

Oldham Athletic Manager Frankie Bunn feels his team must start taking their chances in the final third when they are on top in games.

Latics had much of the ball on Saturday, but they were only restricted to three shots on target which Bunn will be looking to improve on.

“I didn’t realise certainly how much possession we had in the first half, second half we dominated the ball and had 18 shots, but only three on target, so up until the final third not bad.” He said.

“We were a little bit slow at times, but with the ball we were very good and it's just a goal that we're missing and I'm sure once we get one there will be another one to follow so we just need to be more clinical in front of the goal.”

Despite the result on Saturday, Bunn says the side are in good spirits ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Cheltenham Town.

“The spirits are good, obviously the lads were frustrated and disappointed after Saturday, but we move on.” He commented.

“We look bright in training, we keep going and you could see on Saturday we're still searching, running and looking for a goal to get a result.”

Latics were without several players on Saturday with Sam Surridge, Andy Taylor, Ishmael Miller and Zeus De La Paz all missing out through injury as well as Mohamed Maouche pulling out in the warm up with a thigh problem.

Bunn confirmed Miller will be the only one in contention for tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two fixture with Oldham not getting the rub of the green with injuries at the moment.

“It's part and parcel of the game, players have issues with a loss of form and confidence, injuries and they have to deal with setbacks and it makes them tougher mentally.

“Sam [Surridge] finished the game well at Bradford, we scanned him on that Friday and there was a grade one plus hamstring tear, so we've got to make sure he's right.

“He's a young man who’s still developing physically, mentally and as a footballer, we want him back as quick as possible along with others coming back which will help us out.

Bunn also gave an update on midfielder Giles Coke who has been missing with an injury setback.

“Giles is struggling with a back problem at the minute which is affecting his hamstrings, he's had the all clear for Monday, so he'll be training next week, and we'll see how he gets on.”

Tuesday’s game offers up a quick turn around for Latics with the games coming thick and fast over the course of the month.

Bunn believes his side will show their true character as Latics look to bounce back from the defeat on Saturday.

“Every game is a test of character and you could say our away form is outstanding, so we've just got to get a win at Boundary Park as quickly as possible.

“You want to get that last one behind you, you're only as good as your last game and Tuesday will be that, we'll be well prepared for it and we're looking forward to it.”


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