JOB WELL DUNN BY SUPER DOM
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
FLYING HIGH: Rory Donnelly scores his second Gillingham goal