Three successive defeats has dropped the Latics into the relegation spots and their current form needs immediate improvement if the club wants to remain in League One. As excuses become less and less effective, the fans are becoming more and more restless, and their anger was vented on the team and manager at the culmination of their 1-0 defeat at bottom placed Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Manager David Dunn must be tearing his hair out but still made a statement to the press after the match. He admitted that he was less than impressed with his sides performance. He said, “I’m probably a bit speechless if I’m honest because I’ve said that much in there. I think sometimes in life you have to stand up and be counted. I said it last week and you have to be responsible for your own performance and quite honestly I can’t defend it. I’ve just asked them is it something we are doing in training, but there is nothing we can do but when they go out on the pitch it’s totally different story.”
“I’m not seeing enough desire to go out there and put a performance in, especially when the chips are down. I’m not very happy. You work your socks off to put things right but it’s very difficult because I feel let down at times. We’ve got to dust ourselves off and go again. To asked Jake Cassidy to play 45 minutes in his first game back was a big ask for him, but I thought he did well and gave us something else that we have been lacking recently.”
The team take a break from league action on Saturday as they travel to Sheffield United to take on the Blades in the FA Cup. It's time for the club to start building bridges and a third round tie against a big team would be just the kick-start that they need. Fingers crossed.