IT’S A JOB WELL DUNN BY POLEON
CARETAKER boss David Dunn has plenty to chew on after his first home game in charge at Oldham ended in a draw – but he says impact sub Dominic Poleon has given him food for thought.
Max Power fired in his first goal for Wigan from 30 yards in the first half but, after Jordan Flores saw red in the 71st minute for kicking out at Jay Fulton, Poleon pounced smartly to earn Oldham a point.
Dunn had words of encouragement for former Leeds hit man Poleon, who had been dropped to the bench ahead of the Lancashire derby.
“The sending-off helped us a bit, but after Dominic scored I felt there was only going to be one winner,” said Dunn.
“Maybe we needed to be that bit more patient with our build-up play when we had the extra man, but it just wouldn’t come for us.
“It’s not always easy when you’re having to combat a different formation from your opponents, so I can’t have too many complaints with the outcome I suppose.
“Dom’s been great. I was pleased for him because he really shook things up when he came on.
“We know he’s got great pace and an eye for goal, and he did make a big difference when he came on.
“He’s certainly given me food for thought now as we look forward to Tuesday and Port Vale.”
Michael Higdon almost bagged a debut goal for Oldham as the hosts produced a lively tempo early on.
The midweek loan capture from Sheffield United saw a header from fellow debutant Fulton’s cross palmed onto the post by Wigan goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell.
But the visitors went in front after 35 minutes thanks to a screamer from Power.
The ex-Tranmere midfielder drilled home from long range to register a dream first Wigan goal.
Just before the break Oldham goalkeeper David Cornell produced a superb stop to somehow keep out Jordy Hiwula’s header.
The game turned firmly into Oldham’s favour when Flores went off for kicking out at Fulton following a challenge from behind.
And three minutes later the scores were levelled when Poleon lashed Fulton’s low cross into the roof of the net.
Poleon almost scored again minutes later, but the game ended all square – and Wigan boss Gary Cald- well was left angered by Flores’ moment of madness.
Caldwell said: “You can’t react like that. This will be harsh lesson for Jordan because he’s let himself and his team-mates down.
“It was a silly sending-off from my point of view. It was a bad tackle on him, but you just can’t respond in that manner.
“We saw that in the Premier League last weekend. It’s a petulant reaction and it’s proved costly.
“We had been in control of the game. It was only after the sending-off that Oldham had an impact on the game.”
HE’S DOM IT: Oldham's Dominic Poleon celebrates the equalising goal
PERKY: Wigan’s David Perkins tussles for the ball
STAR MAN JAY FULTON Oldham