Boss looks back on first home defeat as Latics boss.
- We didn’t start well.
- We got balls in their box but lacked the will to put it in the net.
- Quality players need to put that into wins.
Manager Malky Mackay was disappointed with his side’s start as Jonny Howson’s fifth minute opener proved the difference between his former club Norwich and Latics on Saturday afternoon.
The Scot felt his side improved in the second-half and were unlucky to come away with nothing from the game but the nature of the Sky Bet Championship once again proved ruthless as a flat first 45 minutes proved costly.
“We didn’t start well today and that lost us the goal and then it took until half-time for us to really look as if we had any urgency about our game,” Mackay said.
“Second-half I thought we were so much better; we pushed for the equaliser and a couple of times the ball has gone across their box and I thought we may have got there near the end.
“It’s up to the players, because you have to start at a pace against a good team, a team that came down from the Premier League, with a big squad and a quality squad.
“You’re not allowed to start poorly in this league or you get punished and we were in that first 15 minutes.”
Mackay is now looking for his side to be more ruthless in the penalty area after multiple balls into the box were left unanswered as the Canaries held firm to take all three points.
“We flashed balls across their box three or four times and we had a couple of set-pieces that were nearly there with two balls spilling out of the keeper’s hands into the six-yard box but we didn’t quite manage to finish,” he added.
“It seems to be a bit like that at the moment, in terms of the ball being in and around that six-yard without anyone there to have that will or desire to put the ball in the net.
“That’s something that we’ll change over time with the players getting used to me and me getting used to them.”
And Mackay’s final message to the players and fans was that he will work tirelessly to find a winning formula.
“For us to end up with that much possession in the game today but come away without a win is disappointing but something that we have to keep striving for,” Mackay continued.
“There’s nothing else for it but to work hard; I’ve been here three weeks, I’ve got a good, honest group of players and I know that but we’ve got to make sure we turn that into wins.
“That’s why I’m here, that’s what I do and I’ll work from morning to night to make sure that we turn this around for Wigan Athletic”