Words by Gary Carter
FRANK Bunn has revealed Oldham’s defeat to Newport meant an extra-long walk for his dog.
The Latics boss has been keen to this week ease the load on his players and staff after a hectic six weeks at the start of the season.
And the Uppermill-based manager said there was only one way he could take his mind off the Latics’ last result.
That meant some aching paws for his beloved pooch.
Bunn said: “It’s very hard to do as it never leaves me, so I just do simple things like taking the dog for a walk just to get away.
“And after the Newport game, the walk went from two hours to three – I got a lot of thinking time during that spell.
“He’s a very fit dog!
“We’ve played Saturday-Tuesday for a number of the first six weeks, so it was time to ease back physically and mentally.
“We look quite refreshed. We came off the pace a bit in the week and did a bit of technical and tactical work.
“Everyone looks in good spirits and refreshed.”
Oldham welcome back goalkeeper Daniel Iversen and Gevaro Nepomuceno for tomorrow’s League Two trip to Grimsby Town.
And Bunn hopes they can kick on from their successes for Denmark’s Under-21s and Curacao respectively, particularly the latter’s goalscoring performance in a 10-0 CONCACAF Nations Cup qualifier win over Grenada.
Bunn added: “Daniel’s had two victories and Gevaro’s side won 10-0! I can take positives from that and a positive performance while they were away, the squad’s in good shape.
“We performed really well against Newport, even though it wasn’t the result we wanted, and we were five matches unbeaten before that.
“However, we want to bounce back as quickly as possible.”