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Brian: No over-reaction

23 February 2013

McDermott's Wigan verdict

Brian McDermott will quickly put our 3-0 defeat to Wigan to bed.

It was a tough day for Brian's team, with a 15-minute spell seeing the game completely turn against us and give Wigan an advantage that they fully capitalised on.

With a red card and a handball goal going against us it was a difficult afternoon but Brian said, "We have to write it off quickly. It won't affect our mentality, that never changes win lose or draw. My mentality is to go forward, train hard this week and prepare for Everton. There'll be a lot of reaction because that's what happens, but I don't over-react to any result.

"We've had a bad day and we lost 3-0 at home which we never do. For the first 43 minutes there was nothing in the game. We had a chance when Jimmy Kebe hit the side netting at 0-0 but then they scored with a nailed-on handball, it's difficult for the ref to see it but Caldwell admitted it himself to me after the game.

"The second goal was poor from us and we have to do better on that, it was our own fault. So we go in 2-0 which is a mountain to climb, then there's a third goal and Pavel gets sent off and it's getting worse.

"If Jimmy scores maybe it's a different game, their goal changed the game in their favour. There's lots we didn't do right but congratulations to Wigan, they were the better side."

Brian was given yet more reason to bemoan decisions and commented, "I know we're not [getting the decisions] because we didn't get them again today. It's handball, we could have had a penalty on Morrison, it looked a penalty to me. Pavel's sending off is the ref's decision whether it's yellow or red. But I know we're not getting decisions, we should have had a penalty at Stoke. But we can't deny that Wigan were the better side. They played well and congratulations to them, it's hard to play them with ten men but we kept going and we've got 11 games to go. 

"We've had a bad day but we've had many many good ones in the last three years, the players have done fantastically well, they've taken us to the Barclays Premier League. Most people would have said we'd be adrift at this stage of the season but we're still fighting."

Brian dismissed the notion that today was a six-pointer, saying, "Wigan aren't going to stay up with the amount of points they've got and we wouldn't have stayed up with 26 points if we'd won. We need to win some games. Today we weren't ourselves, especially second half when it's hard against ten men and Wigan played some good stuff. They were clearly the better side today, the last thing you want is to get beat five or six but the players kept going. We played too much nice football which doesn't win you anything. We didn't get in behind and we weren't strong enough. We need the crowd to stay with us, we'll try to give them something to cheer about, starting at Everton."

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