IT’S A JOB WELL DUNN BY POLEON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Si­mon Smedley

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.”

PIC­TURES: Media Im­age

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STAR MAN JAY FUL­TON Old­ham

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