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Latics' learning curve

30 April 2013

Murray on cup defeat

Reserve-team manager Paul Murray believes last night's 4-0 home defeat by Manchester City in the Manchester Senior Cup was a great learning curve.

Latics had no answer to Jack Rodwell who scored a hat trick while the City side also included the likes of Micah Richards and Dedryk Boyata.

"We were playing a multi-million pound team and against idols, players with a lot of Premier League games to their names so it was a good lesson," said Murray.

Murray thought Latics contained City well in the opening period when they only trailed 1-0.

He said: "We had a few half chances and were dangerous on set pieces.

"In the second half we were never going to keep up the work rate of the first period.

"We also had to go for it and they had the quality to pick us off."

Murray added he could no fault the effort of his players saying Tomos Jones caught his eye while Joe Cooper and Danny Gosset also did well.

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