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Adkins: Goals cost us

21 December 2013

Boss reflects on Wigan loss

Manager Nigel Adkins was happy with his team's second half performance against Wigan, but admitted that two poor goals gave his side a mountain to climb.

Two goals in the first 12 minutes gave the Latics a two-goal lead, and although Pavel Pogrebnyak scored in the second period and Billy Sharp missed a penalty, we could not find a way back.

The boss said, "We gifted them two goals.

"Wigan are a good side, they pressed us early on, then there was a little bit of nervousness and our quality wasn't to the level it needs to be. But you cannot legislate for the two poor goals we gave away. Shocking goals.

"It was very similar to the Bournemouth game, shocking goals close to each other.

"We changed the shape before half time to a diamond, then made a couple of substitutions and we were on the front foot totally.

"We had plenty of oohs and aahs, it's unfortunate Sharpy missed the penalty but quite interesting that their player was scuffing the penalty spot before he took it. That wasn't why he missed it, Billy is normally top drawer, I don't think I've seen him miss one before and I've every confidence in him."

Our closing 45 to 60 minutes showed us with intent and purpose, and a couple of bold substitutions helped the cause. "I thought we were dominant in the second half, Obita and McCleary in the full back positions bombing on.

"The players did well second half from 2-0 down and showed what's important - spirit and character, but also the ability to pass the ball and create opportunities.

"There were plenty of opportunities, none more so than when Pav had a shot and Al-Habsi made an unbelievable save. We ran out of time really. Wigan managed the game well towards the end of the game, stopping the game, when you're relying on the referee to stop the clock.

"Like I say, the players' reaction was great in the second half, and you always look at how people respond to going behind. There was a drive from them - but you just cannot give goals away cheaply like we did."

Adkins' interview clip on YouTube now.

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