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CHRIS McCANN ON DONCASTER DEFEAT

19 January 2014

Chris McCann says defeat to Doncaster was a ‘bad day at the office’.

Following Wigan Athletic’s 3-0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers yesterday at the Keepmoat Stadium, midfielder Chris McCann bemoaned Latics’ drop in performance and said that the team can’t afford to let their standards drop.

The Republic of Ireland man said:

“We’ve set very high standards in recent games and we didn’t reach them which has left us and the fans feeling disappointed.

“The defeat will be a lesson to us, we can’t afford to just settle for what we’ve done already this season and we’ve got to raise the bar every week.

“We’ve got to use this game as a marker and make sure our standards don’t fall like this again.”

Yesterday’s game marked a combined 210 minutes of football within five days, but despite tired legs, McCann said that’s not to blame for the defeat.

“We never really looked like we got going and we still looked a little leggy after the FA Cup replay the other night.

“We knew that it would be a difficult game and we can’t use tiredness as an excuse because we simply didn’t show up.

“We had our chances early on and on a different day maybe we could have scored a couple, but that doesn’t take away that fact that it wasn’t a very good performance.

“It was a bad day at the office so to speak, we’ve got to move on quickly because there are a lot of big games coming up for us.”

With a full week to prepare for next Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium, McCann added:

“We’ve got another full week now to prepare for the next game, and the gaffer likes to have that because then he has time to get his points across on the training pitch.

“It also gives more time for a few of the lads to recuperate from the busy week that we’ve had.

“It’s always a nice thing to have a full week of training and prepare in the right manner for the next game.”

You can see Latics in action again next weekend at the DW Stadium in the FA Cup, with tickets available for the game against Crystal Palace. [Click here] for more information.

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