Latics fans were pretty pleased on the whole with the point they got at Tranmere, despite being in front at halftime. It was frustrating, however, to not come away with all three points as there are definitely signs that the club is moving in the right direction.
In previous games, Oldham have had to fight back from being behind with 72% of their goals coming in the second half. There seems to be a delay before the side settles into the game and that can be disastrous, especially at home where the visitors often ‘park the bus’ after taking an early lead.
Bunn needs to get the players totally in tune for the full 90 minutes or we are going to drop valuable points against the teams above us. Four of the next six games are against sides who are in the promotion hunt, including current leaders Lincoln City who have scored in 75% of their away matches.
Oldham’s defence hasn’t really been a cause for concern especially with on-loan Daniel Iverson in goal and George Edmundson, captain Peter Clarke and Rob Hunt being reliable regulars. However, Tranmere’s equaliser came shortly after Latics had failed to increase their lead at the other end, and a lack of concentration was evident.
Another possible cause for concern is the potential loss of Callum Lang and Jordan Lyden back to Wigan and Aston Villa respectively, when their loan periods are up in January. It has been widely reported that Oldham have financial troubles but in order to keep the club heading in the right direction and the fans coming through the turnstiles, Bunn has to somehow persuade owner Abdallah Lemsagam that extending Lang and Lyden’s loan periods is vital to the integrity of the side.
One thing that Frankie Bunn doesn’t have to worry about, however, is the unwavering support of Oldham fans at away games. At Prenton Park on Saturday, an impressive 1348 turned up to rock the away end in their own inimitable style.