David Dunn suffered his first defeat as Oldham Athletic manager on Saturday, as fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United took all three points away from Boundary Park.
The Latics fell behind after 10 minutes, but quick fire goals from Liam Kelly and Dominic Poleon turned the game on its head.
However, Scunthorpe levelled before the break, and scored two in a dominant second-half performance.
Dunn, in his first game since taking permanent control of Athletic, introduced himself as a substitute 15 minutes from time but could not spur his charges into salvaging a point.
“I am disappointed with the manner of our performance,” he said.
“It is hard to take too many positives from it.
“The game management has got to be better; there are a lot of things to work on.
“I expect a very good reaction after the performance today.
“This is the first little blip since I’ve been in charge, and it is important that we don’t get too downbeat.”
Oldham slipped back into the relegation zone with defeat, and have conceded seven goals in two games with no clean sheet since mid-August, but Dunn will also see positives from his first five matches.
Dominic Poleon scored his third in four games, while the21st-placed side have suffered the fewest defeats in the bottom half.
Despite not turning these progressions into wins since he took over, Dunn believes drastic changes are not the answer if Oldham are to add to their solitary win of the campaign.
“Of course there is still a long way to go in this season,” he said.
“We will keep going; the progression has been very good so far.
“We will carry on doing the things that I feel have worked, and that have worked. It is up to us to try and react.”
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