Another fight-back

Last updated : 20 November 2018 By The Chairman

For the second game in succession the Latics staged a fightback to recover from the jaws of death. The latest escapade came against Cambridge United who were leading 1-0 at half time on Saturday. After a poor first half showing, goals from George Edmundson, Jordan Lyden and Callum Lang snatched a very useful three points and, more importantly, broke the Boundary Park hoodoo of late. The manager was again quick to praise his team for the spirited effort but if only they could do it from the first whistle.

Frankie Bunn said, “We were disappointing first although I thought there was nothing in it, they've scored a worldie past a young lad making his league debut. It was a great strike by them, I thought we didn't put enough pressure on the ball and their bench were just saying shoot within 30 yards of goal. I think they had three shots and scored one, but to be fair to Alex Palmer he's pulled off a great save at one nil, a one on one on the counter attack. But we didn't offer much, certainly going forward, but second half we just turned everything around.”

“I can't repeat what I said at half-time, but there were strong words said. We got the response from the lads, it's the second time I've done that and it's the second time I've had a response from them, but we don't want to be doing that too often. We know we've got quality within the squad and second half was an example of that, it was full of aggression, it was direct, powerful and we just woke up second half. A centre half scoring from a set play is fantastic and he should have four or five, as should Clarkey. It was a great ball from Dan into the right area and George has timed his run, freed himself up and got that finishing touch. I didn't know it was going in [second goal] until I saw Ishmael Miller put his hands up. It was great awareness from Jordan and great pressure from Ishmael and Sam Surridge, we've picked up the loose ball with Jordan doing the rest. We perhaps want a little bit more from his [Lang] performance within the team and individually, but if he keeps scoring goals then it's good for him.”

“It's down to players, there's certain qualities within the whole group and it's about getting a formula that suits everybody. Again, you can't question the players spirit and togetherness, not just the players on the pitch, the whole group want to do well, and we all want to succeed. The belief they have is incredible, but they need to produce performances more consistently.”