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BUNN: “We Made It Hard For Ourselves”

28 October 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Frankie Bunn believes his side were their own worst enemy during yesterday’s defeat at Northampton Town.

Latics played the second half with a man extra but a two goal lead for the home side couldn’t be matched.

The team had the majority of possession but could only find what turned out to be a consolation goal late in the second half.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the match, Bunn was disappointed with his side’s first away defeat of the season.

“It's a tough one to take but any loss is,” he said.

“I  thought the lads gave everything, they got a dubious penalty decision and I thought we should have had one which the referee missed and that's the way it is at the minute so we need that bit of luck.”

Latics started the game well with a positive 15 minute spell before Northampton Town started to get in the match, but the side couldn’t capitalise on their early good work.

“We said we needed to come here and get on top of them and we did that, but then we've conceded from two set plays.” Bunn commented.

“Again we're in good possession in the oppositions half, one ball down the side and we give a freekick away and that's it.

“We worked on it in the week with set plays and that was the only way they were going to score and they've got two, so in that respect we never dealt with the second ball on the first one and the penalty.”

Before the stroke of half-time the hosts were reduced to 10 men after Sam Foley saw red for a challenge on Christopher Missilou.

Northampton soon doubled their lead through a penalty, giving Bunn’s side an even bigger task in the second half.

“They banked in and it does become difficult.” The manager said.

“We've conceded the first goal again and then the second one, so we made life tough for ourselves and they defended well to be fair to them.

“They had a couple of breakaways but we just couldn't find an opening.

“We've loaded the front areas, we've got fullbacks playing like wingers we've tried to move the ball quick and we just couldn't find the gaps, we sneaked the goal and I thought we were going to get another one but we just ran out of time.”

Next up Latics have the chance to progress through to the knockout stage of the Checkatrade Trophy when they host Everton U21 on Tuesday, October 30, 7:30pm kick off at Boundary Park.

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