Boss reflects on last fixture of 2014.
- We were comfortable up until the sending off.
- Holt injury a ‘devastating’ blow.
- Bolton the perfect fixture to bounce back and get our teeth into.
Latics manager Malky Mackay feels fine margins are costing his side dearly as their winless run at the DW Stadium was extended to nine games as Sheffield Wednesday ran out 1-0 winners on Tuesday evening.
Atdhe Nuhiu scored the only goal of the game midway through the second-half after substitute Callum McManaman was sent off for the hosts.
And Mackay felt his side had controlled the game up until that point.
“We were in fairly good control of the game and as the game was going on I thought we were going to kick on; we had ten shots but obviously we went down to ten men and that’s not easy to take,” Mackay explained.
“After that, we were always climbing up hill and we lose the goal; we even have the one at the end where it hits the inside of the post and then there’s a scramble and we don’t manage to put it in so we need those little things to go for us at the moment.
“First-half we were very comfortable and second-half we were up until the sending off and even then we had two chances with James McClean and then the header as well.
“It’s these fine margins that are costing us at the moment and it’s something we’ve got to turn round.
“We’re playing well enough and I’m fully aware that we’ve got to turn that into chances and be more clinical in behind as well as cutting out silly mistakes and that’s something that we will keep demanding of the players.”
Latics were hoping to be boosted by the return of Grant Holt from his loan spell at Huddersfield Town for the trip to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
However, the former Norwich City man has returned with a knee injury that will keep him out for some time.
“Grant has got a significant injury and it will keep him out of football now for 9-12 months and that’s pretty devastating as far as we’re concerned,” he added.
“We got the scan results late last night and we spoke to the specialists and Grant as well but unfortunately he’s going to be out and that’s a real blow for the lad and the football club as well.
“If we can do some business and look to freshen up again then we will, but we’ve got to get people in who are better than the ones we've got.”
The Scot was keen to take the positives from the opening hour of Tuesday evening and the win at Leeds on Boxing Day as our FA Cup with Budweiser campaign kicks off 2015 against local rivals Bolton Wanderers.
“We’ve come off the back of a good result at Leeds and, performance-wise, up to the sending off tonight, I thought we were going to go on and win.
“We’ve got to make sure that on Saturday we get back to winning ways because we’ve got a tough game over at Bolton and a cup game so nothing better than trying to get our teeth back into it then.”