JOB WELL DUNN BY SU­PER DOM

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Martin Car­son

DAVID Dunn hailed the im­pact made by stand-out striker Do­minic Poleon as his Old­ham side pro­duced a mag­nif­i­cent ef­fort to se­cure a draw at high-fly­ing Gilling­ham.

Light­ning-quick for­mer Leeds front man Poleon scored one and set up another for strike part­ner Michael Hig­don as the Lat­ics’ rookie boss earned a fourth straight draw in charge of the Bound­ary Park club.

In a thrill-a-minute clash at Pri­est­field, Rory Don­nelly net­ted twice for the home side in the first half, with a Bren­nan Dick­en­son own goal – de­flect­ing in Hig­don’s shot – and Poleon’s neat fin­ish leav­ing the game poised at 2-2 at the in­ter­val.

Old­ham then took the lead for the first time when Hig­don net­ted with an ex­cel­lent volley, only for Gills sub­sti­tute Jake Hessen­thaler to make it all-square soon af­ter with a ter­rific curl­ing ef­fort from the edge of the penalty area.

“Do­minic was mag­nif­i­cent and the best player on the pitch, cer­tainly go­ing for­ward,” said Dunn, of a player who now has two goals in his last three out­ings af­ter be­ing out­cast by pre­vi­ous man­ager Dar­ren Kelly for un­spec­i­fied dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

“He scared their back four to death. Be­ing the char­ac­ter he is, he is ben­e­fit­ing from the con­fi­dence that we all give him.

“If he car­ries on like that, we have a very good player on our hands.”

Though his side couldn’t quite eke out a win de­spite con­trol­ling the game for most of the sec­ond half, Dunn be­lieves that his inau­gu­ral win in charge is not far away.

“We were ex­cep­tional,” he added. “We were re­ally solid and kept those prin­ci­ples we keep bang­ing on about, in be­ing hard to beat.

“But go­ing for­ward we looked a real threat.

Ev­ery time we at­tacked, we looked like we could score a goal and it was pleas­ing to see.

“It was en­ter­tain­ing and I’m sure our fans have gone home pleased with the ef­fort the play­ers put in.

“My job is to move this club for­ward and even if it is two or three weeks, or even two or three months, the club will get bet­ter and our re­sults will im­prove.”

Gills boss Justin Ed­in­burgh, who slipped a place to third in League One af­ter drop­ping their first home points of the sea­son, paid trib­ute to Old­ham while ac­cept­ing his side weren’t at their best.

“It was good play from Old­ham, I have to say,” he said. “They are a good side who David Dunn has got play­ing re­ally well,” said Ed­in­burgh.

“But I thought we didn’t con­trol the game af­ter tak­ing the lead.We were re­ally loose in pos­ses­sion and it left us wide open.

“For long pe­ri­ods of the game we were chas­ing it. In the end, we were quite for­tu­nate to get the draw.

“We had a good start and scored a great first goal, which came from re­ally good play. “From then on, we went within our­selves which was sur­pris­ing.”

GILLING­HAM (4-4-2): Nel­son 6, A Mor­ris 6, Egan 6, Eh­mer 6, Dick­en­son 7, Houghton 6, Wright 7 (Osadebe 78, 6), Dack 6, Loft 6 (Hessen­thaler 46, 7), Don­nelly 8, Nor­ris 7 (McDon­ald 68, 6) Subs not used: G Mor­ris, Wil­liamson, McGlashan, Len­non

OLD­HAM (4-4-2): Cor­nell 5, Dum­mi­gan 5, J Wil­son 5, Burn 5, Laf­ferty 7, Philliskirk 6, Ful­ton 7 (Croft 72, 6), Kelly 6, Jones 6, Poleon 9, Hig­don 8 Subs not used: Coleman, Eck­er­s­ley, Brown, Dieng, Winch­ester, Yeates

PIC­TURES: Max Flego

FLY­ING HIGH: Rory Don­nelly scores his sec­ond Gilling­ham goal

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