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Bunn’s Side Raring To Go

13 September 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn says his side are ready and refreshed ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Grimsby Town.

Latics make the trip to Blundell Park on Saturday Afternoon with Bunn looking for a reaction from last week’s defeat at home to Newport County AFC.

“We look refreshed, we've come off the pace during the week in training and concentrated on doing some more work technically, tactically and also in the gym, but everyone looks in good spirits.” He said.

“We've had a good six weeks, we've had Saturday, Tuesday throughout a number of those weeks, so it was time to ease off physically and rest mentally which worked because this morning they were very bright.”

The hosts for this weekend currently sit 21st in the table and are coming into the game off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Bury.

However, Bunn still expects a tough game from The Mariners who have picked up points against the likes of Lincoln City and MK Dons so far this season.

“I expect a reaction from them because they're at home, but I'm wanting to see a reaction from us as well so even though we performed well we were disappointed with the result and it's something we want to put right.” He commented.

“I thought we were really good against Newport although it wasn't the result we wanted, but we performed really well, we were five unbeaten so we're looking to bounce back as quickly as possible and get back to winning ways.”

Midfielder Dan Gardner is set to make his 50th appearance for Latics on Saturday and Bunn believes that sort of experience mixed with youth is key to Oldham’s success this season.

“We've got a nice mixture of players, we've got experienced players with Dan being one of those and we've got some good young ones as well.

“I think they’re all blending really well together at the minute, the spirits are high and they’re all looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

Daniel Iversen and Gevaro Nepomuceno are back from International Duty and Bunn gave an update on a few other injury absentees.

“We're looking ok we've got a couple back, but long terms will still be Cameron (Dummigan), Giles (Coke) and Jordan (Lyden), so we're just waiting for those to get back.

“Giles is resuming training, he's had a sore back and knees recently, but he was on the grass this morning going through his paces.”

As well as a change in players for this season the change is coaching staff shouldn’t go under the radar with Bunn staying they’re all gelling nicely as well as the players.

“We're doing great, we worked really hard as a unit and we're usually the first staff in and the last to leave, but all the staff are working hard.

“They’ve all needed a break this week because they've been at it full tilt for six weeks and same with us mentally we need a little breather every now and then, so we're all totally refreshed and looking forward to the game and kicking on.”

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