Reserve-team manager on Shrews' defeatLee Duxbury admitted he was forced into making two half-time substitutions in this afternoon's Central League, West Division defeat at Shrewsbury Town.
Danny Gosset and Chris Sutherland were introduced at the restart as Latics' reserve-team manager changed his system after his side found itself 3-0 down at the break.
"I had to change things at half time or the result could have been embarrassing," explained Duxbury who switched to 4-5-1 to try and tame the Shrews who eventually triumphed 4-0.
Duxbury admitted it was men versus boys as his inexperienced side, which had three scholars in the starting line up, was overwhelmed by the home side's vastly experienced line up.
He added that he he hopes his young players benefit from what was a steep learning curve.
Indeed, without the heroics of young Aussie keeper Liam Jacob (pictured), they would have had an even heavier beating.
Duxbury continued: "I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, especially the two headers from corners.
"I am hoping the lads will learn from today and, those who do, will progress at the club.
"Those who don't learn will find themselves looking for another job."
Duxbury praised captain Kirk Millar for his never-say-die attitude and was also pleased with Jacob.
Latics found themselves 3-0 down after 37 minutes through two goals from Jon Taylor and a bullet header from central defender Connor Goldson. Tom Bradshaw added a fourth goal just short of the hour.