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Wellens Felt His Side Had The Chances To Beat Rotherham United

14 January 2018

Manager Richie Wellens felt his side had more than enough chances to beat Rotherham United yesterday.

Ryan Williams gave Rotherham United the lead early in the game but Craig Davies’ free kick on the half hour mark levelled the scoreline.

Speaking after the game, Wellens said: “I thought in general play it was a pretty even game. I thought they had spells and I thought we had spells and they had spells.

“In terms of clear cut chances, Dan Gardner goes one on one with the goalkeeper and should shoot but takes an extra touch the lays it off to Davies and it’s cleared off the line where it should have been a goal.

“Then, two minutes later, we are sucker punched. Again, it’s the first shot on target but to be fair to the lads, they have showed really good character. All the moments in the game to score were for us.

“If we would have got that final pass right today then we could have won the game.”

Kundai Benyu and Ben Pringle made their debuts for Latics yesterday.

“You can see straight away that Pringle has good quality,” Wellens commented. “We can get some more minutes into them against Leicester on Wednesday and then they are up and running.

“I was really pleased with both of them.”

Wellens sat in the stands for the game after serving a one-match touchline ban. “It was frustrating,” Wellens admitted. “Vaulks has got booked in the first half then Ousmane Fane is making a clearance and he goes straight through him.

“Paul Terry and Tony Philliskirk should have been on that pitch and the lad gets sent off.

“You don’t want to see it happen but the referee should do his job and send him off. He has gone through the top of his foot and should have been sent off.

“You get a better view of the game [in the stands] but the information you can get across is limited so I don’t think it’s for me being up there.”

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