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Wellens Disappointed To Lose

7 January 2018

Manager Richie Wellens was frustrated following yesterday’s defeat but could not criticise the effort from his players.

Stephy Mavididi scored the only goal of the game in the first half but Latics had several chances to equalise but could not find the goal.

Speaking after the game, Wellens said: “I thought we applied ourselves really well and the side give everything. The goal in the first half is a poor one to give away.

“We tried and tried to get an equaliser and was camped in their half in the second half but when you haven’t got the quality in the final third then you aren’t going to score goals.

“We just haven’t got enough quality in the final third. Aaron Holloway has the best two chances of the game. You can work and work but in the final third, players need to be confident and imaginative but we just don’t have the quality and that’s what it boils down to.

“The performance was good today. People did not go hiding, people were running and fighting but when you are working with limited resources, it’s difficult.”

There was a blow in the second half as full back Rob Hunt was forced off with an injury.

“Rob Hunt was a proper player today,” admitted Wellens. “He was a player who could step up.

“Every decision that he made was spot on and I’m pleased with him. I think he’s pulled his hamstring so he’ll be disappointed but he was outstanding.”

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