Boss reflects on narrow Watford loss.
- I can’t be hard on the players; it was a hard defeat to take.
- Players have to keep demanding more from themselves.
- Happy with lots of our play.
Latics manager Malky Mackay felt his side were unfortunate to leave Vicarage Road pointless on Saturday after another spirited performance went unrewarded.
Chris McCann levelled Troy Deeney’s opener on the stroke of half-time but the man Mackay signed for the Hornets from Walsall in 2010 added a nine Sky Bet Championship goal of the campaign to prove the difference between the two sides.
And the Scot said in reflection that he was happy with large parts of his side’s performance on the road.
“To be involved in the game as much as we were and then lose is something that I’m disappointed about,” Mackay explained.
“I can’t be too hard on them, though, after playing as they did because I thought we started really well and then I thought Watford came into it and got the goal which was a sloppy one as far as we we’re concerned.
“As the first-half wore on, I thought we wrestled it back and deservedly got the goal and went in even at half-time.
“I was happy with how we started the second-half; I thought we had impetus and confidence in the way that we were playing to cause them some problems so to lose a goal was a hard one for them to take because of the amount they’d been in the game.”
McCann’s second goal in consecutive away games came from the same provider in a James McClean corner and Mackay was pleased with the goal as well as his side’s attacking threat with Irish forward McClean causing problems in a central role.
“There has been a lot of work gone in, in the last few weeks,” he added. “Myself, the staff and the players have been working hard and they applied the game plan really well today.
“I thought various players caused Watford certain problems but we’ve got to keep putting demands on ourselves to win games.”
And the former Watford defender and manager gave the same message to his players again after defeat at Vicarage Road, simply keep working and the results will come.
“We’ve played three of the top four clubs in the division in the last few weeks and we’ve been in the games absolutely so that’s what I hold on to in terms of this group of players we’ve got here,” Mackay said.
“It’s just about the fine details and the demands that the players are putting among themselves; they’ve got to keep demanding of themselves so that one little error isn’t costing them the game which it is what’s happened over the last couple weeks.
“It’s a bit about belief as well, we’ve got to keep believing in ourselves because this is a good group and they’re together.”