The game at Notts County on Tuesday night was unofficially billed as Frankie Bunn’s last chance to prove that he is capable of managing the club, after the recent downturn in fortune. Notts County, sitting just above the two relegation places and with a goal difference of -16 were surely there for the taking? A win would move Latics up 6 places and all would be forgiven – for a couple of weeks at least.
Instead, and despite 19 shots to 5 onslaught from Latics, neither team managed to score. County’s goalkeeper and the man of the match Ross Fitzsimons played out of his skin to deny Oldham a much needed away win. If Bunn had approached the game in the same vein as he has previously with a lone striker, there is no doubt that his head would have been firmly on the block today.
Even the most emphatic of the ‘Bunn outers’ cannot claim that the manager should be blamed for his strikers’ inability to find the net. The stats speak for themselves and Latics spent most of the game camped in the Notts County half. On another day we might have scored six. Sometimes no matter how hard it is to swallow, you just have to accept that a draw on the road is an acceptable result.
There are still Latics fans who are finding relegation to this division a bitter pill to swallow. We may have to lower our expectations and get used to the idea that we are not automatic promotion candidates due to the fact that we were founder members of the Premier League.
There are an awful lot of ex-league sides who now ply their trade in the National League. Perhaps making sure we don’t join them is the best we can hope for given Oldham’s recent upheavals.