Manager John Sheridan admitted last night’s 2-1 defeat to Barnsley was tough to take.
Sam Winnall’s late penalty won the game for the Tykes after Tareiq Holmes-Dennis brought down Adam Hammill in the penalty area with minutes of the game remaining.
That result ended Latics’ four game unbeaten run and the gaffer admitted: "It is a tough one to take. I don’t think there was a lot between the sides and I think both sides had half chances in the first half.
"They hit the post with their best chance of the first half but I was pleased with the way we were playing. The biggest downer for me is the way we conceded the goals.
"One is from a set piece and one is from a penalty. It’s not usually like us but their biggest threat was set plays and in open play we were dealing with everything.
"We were a match for them but their set play delivery caused us problems. We should have dealt with their first goal better but there is nothing you can do about people’s decisions for the penalty.
“The lad is going nowhere and he should have stayed on his feet but it’s a shame because I thought we came out in the second half the better team.
"Full credit to the players and it is a hard one to take. The lads have given me their all so it’s just a downer we didn’t get anything from the game.
“We’re down in there and disappointed we haven’t taken anything from the game but it wasn’t to be.”
Sheridan was forced to make three changes before the second half due to injuries and he gave an update on their situations.
“We’ve taken a few knocks this evening. I had to change my team but I won’t make excuses,” he admitted. “They’re not okay because they had to come off injured.
“Brian has gone to the hospital, we’ll have to assess Winchester who has a knee injury, Mike Jones has a rib injury and James Wilson was struggling with an ankle injury towards the end of the game and would have come off if I had another substitute to put on.
"We just have to get on with it. We’ll see who’s fit and available because it’s a massive game on Saturday.”
One positive from the defeat last night was the first league start for young midfielder Jack Tuohy.
“I put Tuohy on for if we needed three in midfield but I thought he did alright and it’s good experience for him,” said Sheridan.
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