Manager John Sheridan conceded his side were second best and Bradford City deserved their win yesterday.
Brian Wilson had levelled for Latics after Romain Vincelot gave the Bantams the lead. Rory McArdle scored the winner 15 minutes from time and Sheridan admitted the better side on the day won.
He said: "I think Bradford were the better team and you can see why they are up there. It was a difficult game for us but I felt the first half wasn’t much in the game.
“We got the goal just before half time but the disappointing thing is the two goals we have conceded.
“We have worked hard to stop them playing through us because they move the ball well but it’s disappointing to lose from two set plays.
"The lads worked their socks off so I can’t fault their effort again. I just didn’t think we really got going but there was a lot of heart and endeavour and that’s what might keep us in this division.
"I’ve just told them to keep their heads up and don’t beat yourselves up too much. Sometimes you’ve just got to accept that the better team won.”
Goalkeeper Connor Ripley won the man of the match award after a string of impressive saves.
“I don’t like the goalkeeper getting man of the match when you’re the home side but he is for a reason and he’s having a good season,” Sheridan commented.
Whilst it was disappointing to lose yesterday’s game, Sheridan admitted: “We move on now.
“Two tough games coming up and I look at the fixtures and we are playing teams in and around us so it’s important we win both games away from home.
“I’ve got another week to work with my players so we will work on our shape, see what we can do and hopefully affect the game at Chesterfield.
"We go there and we will try and win. It’s important we go away from home and get something from the game.”
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