Play your cards right: Dunn seeks to placate Oldham fans ahead of Blades clash

Oldham boss David Dunn says he understands the supporters’ disappointment after a run of just one win in 22 matches, but has called for calm ahead of Saturday’s home encounter with Sheffield United.

Latics’ only win this season came against Fleetwood in the second week of the season, and Dunn has failed to win since taking over five weeks ago.

The midfielder drew his first four games in charge before losing to Scunthorpe last weekend, but believes that looking back with disdain is of no benefit to the strugglers.

“You have got to move on really quickly in this game,” said Dunn ahead of the Blades’ visit to Boundary Park.

“One thing is for sure in football: you are going to lose games, so it’s important that we move on.

“We have been dealt a hand of cards and have to make the most of it. A couple of wins certainly changes everything: it’s so tight.”

Following an encouraging 3-3 draw away at promotion contenders Gillingham, Athletic collapsed last weekend and Dunn could wring the changes to ensure a fresh start on Saturday afternoon.

“Conceding the goals has been down to individual errors. If we can sort that out we will be a lot better for it,” said the former Blackburn midfielder.

“There will be a few people that feel they haven’t done themselves any good last weekend, and we will look at that.”

Jay Fulton and Cameron Dummigan return after serving international duties while the impressive Michael Higdon is ruled out through injury, and Dunn suggests that he will not be picking himself after an underwhelming run-out against Scunthorpe.

But he remains hopeful that the 11 he does pick – with the help of the fans – will be able to turn the form book upside down in what he concedes is another difficult clash.

“The fans have been great,” said the 35-year-old amid growing discontent on the terraces.

“I totally understand the frustrations, but we have all got to be in this together.”

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