The Latics are third from bottom, five points adrift of safety, after squandering a lead late on at home to second-from-bottom Colchester last week, leaving Corney and his board of directors with some searching questions about Dunn’s position and whether the club intends to back him in the January transfer window.
The former Blackburn midfielder has won just two out of 16 matches in charge since replacing Darren Kelly in September, during which time signs of encouragement have been no more than fleeting. But the 36-year-old insists he knows exactly where the problems lie and how to remedy the situation with the right additions over the next few weeks.
Mixed messages are coming out of Boundary Park, though. On the one hand, Oldham are being linked with a move for Mansfield defender Ryan Tafazolli, which is encouraging news for Dunn considering he has openly made a domineering centre back his number one priority, but speculation linking Lee Carsley with his job suggest he might only be one more slip away from the axe.
Needless to say, Dunn will be leaving nothing to chance in his preparation for this next game and the opposition might just be made to measure because motivation has been a problem for Millwall since it became evident that an automatic promotion push is beyond them.
Successive league defeats to Burton, Gillingham and Walsall in December have left the Lions in no doubt about the height of their ambitions, and it’s interesting that Neil Harris should question the attitude of his players in training since then, blaming sloppiness in their day-to-day habits following the 4-0 win at Southend for the subsequent 2-1 loss at Barnsley.
The Londoners entertain Oxford in the southern area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Thursday, which will be televised on Sky, and the lure of Wembley might be a distraction ahead of a mundane 90 minutes at a venue Joe Royle famously dubbed Ice Station Zebra, on a weekend when hardly anyone is paying much attention to league matters.
The Seasiders went down 1-0 at the Pirelli Stadium last weekend, despite playing more than half the game with an extra man, Robbie Weir’s red card creating a bone of contention over tactics. Pool are happiest playing with their backs to the wall, looking to nick a goal on the counter, yet the fans wanted their team to attack the league leaders under the circumstances.
As it was, the Brewers nicked a goal themselves and Blackpool’s frenzied late search for an equaliser proved to be too little, too late, sparking angry scenes at the final whistle with players showing their obvious disgust towards those in the visiting enclosure chanting ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’.
Now a reaction should be expected with the players extra determined to show their worth by doing it their way - and that means value in the 4/1 quote about Blackpool to win to nil. All seven Pool wins this season have been achieved by the ‘win to nil’ method and the Valiants are more susceptible to this outcome than most. Rob Page’s men have fired blanks in seven of their 12 away games, losing six.