ALTHOUGH they narrowly avoided becoming the fall guys in the first round of this year’s FA Cup, Frankie Bunn is calling on his Oldham team to find their clinical edge.

Latics trailed to National League South minnows Hampton and Richmond late in Monday’s tie, but Rob Hunt’s 88th-minute goal levelled matters before Callum Lang struck deep into stoppage time to spare the League Two side’s blushes.

Well aware that many of the watching BT Sport audience may have tuned in to see the non-league visitors pull off a shock win, Bunn had warned his players against complacency on their unenviable away journey.

And, having sneaked into the second round, and another away tie, at Maidstone United, Bunn says they need to start making the most of their openings in front of goal if they are to avoid the need for further late turnarounds.

“It’s been a failing of ours throughout the season, not taking our chances,” he said after Monday night’s 2-1 win.

“We take our chances and we’re out of sight.

“We’ve had three or four good efforts and opportunities in the first half and the same in the second half. Eventually, they have scored the goals. We had umpteen chances at Notts County on Tuesday.

“It’s something we need to improve on.”

Oldham return to League Two action this weekend at home to Cambridge United.

Currently 15th in the table, Oldham will hope Monday’s victory will act as the catalyst for a recovery, having taken just one point from their last three league outings, against Northampton, Stevenage and Notts County.

And Bunn knows putting even a short run of results together can see them stage a rapid climb.

“It can take a couple of games, back-to-back wins are vital in this league,” he said. “It catapults you up and down, things are so tight so two wins can put you back among the play-offs, it’s an inconsistent league with inconsistent teams.”