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Bunn: “We're Disappointed”

5 September 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn says his team were upset with the result in the narrow defeat against Sky Bet League One outfit Barnsley in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The South Yorkshire side came from 1-0 down after Sam Surridge opened the scoring at Boundary Park and Bunn hopes his side can learn from the defeat.

“The lads are really disappointed, you could tell by their faces in the dressing room certainly after the first month of the season that we’ve had.” He said.

“I didn’t have to say much at the end of the game, I could see the disappointment in the faces of the players and the atmosphere in the dressing room which is something we don’t like.”

Latics had many chances to take something away from the game which Bunn says they will need to improve on going forward as well as cutting out soft goals.

“I can't recall them having too many efforts on goal, I think they’ve had two shots on goal and scored two which I just thought we switched off for and didn’t clear when we had the chance to.” He commented.

“The two goals we conceded were poor in terms of how we tried to defend against it and again we’re making too many rash decisions in the final third, so we need to start making the right ones.

“It's a game we were in until the last ten minutes and we could have sneaked something right at the end with Jonathans effort at the far post, so we roll our sleeves up and go again Saturday.”

New loan signing Jordan Lyden wasn’t involved on Tuesday Evening and Bunn gave an update on his situation.

“We've had a problem with Jordan in the fact he's broken down, but Jordan's loan agreement is incentive based, so financially if he doesn’t reach the games required then it's not costing the club anything.”

It wasn’t all negative after the result with Latics putting up a fine performance and several players getting good minutes under their belt as well as putting in decent performances including debutant Zeus De la Paz.

“Zeus did ok, I wouldn’t say he was at fault for either of the goals, he needs better support in front of him which he perhaps didn’t get that for the two goals, but we move on.

“I thought the two kids were terrific tonight, Callum (Lang) ran his socks off, Sam (Surridge) got his goal again which I think is his third goal in as many appearances, so it’s not all doom and gloom.”

Latics take on Newport County this Saturday afternoon at Boundary with Bunn’s men looking to bounce back and leapfrog their Welsh opponents in the league table.

“The beauty about football is that there’s always a game not too far away and that game is Saturday against a team that is third, so we'll put our sleeves up and have a go at them.”


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