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Kelly: “It’s A Difficult Pill To Swallow.”

6 September 2015

Manager Darren Kelly was less than impressed with his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Bradford City yesterday.

Reece Burke gave the visitors the lead before Jonathan Forte saw red for an apparent elbow on full back Stephan Darby.

Devante Cole doubled the Bradford’s lead before Joseph Mills pulled a goal back in the final ten minutes of the game.

Unfortunately Latics could not find an equaliser and that is something which disappointed the manager.

He said: "To go to down to ten men was difficult because we had to adjust. We lost three points because if you look at the home games, we have to be winning them. We had fantastic support here, like we do every week, and it’s a difficult pill to swallow. 

"We need to start games better. That’s been the case for the last few games, whether that is a mentality thing but I think we need to do that. We need to be on the front foot from the first whistle. 

"It is important that we go back, reflect and look at what we want to achieve. That includes myself and then we move on to next week.

"I care and the players care. They are all hurt. If you look at the result, it affects what you do in life and what we have to do now is bounce back.”

One positive to take from the game was the form of winger Mark Yeates, playing against his former club.

Kelly said: "We relied on Yeates and Mills to give us good energy up and down and we looked as if we could have created something. Yeates was lively, energetic and asked a few questions of the opposition defender.”

Speaking about the red card incident, the gaffer commented: "I didn’t see it. I’m not going to speculate on what it was. I never saw it but I will be speaking to Forte.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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