Boss rues two defensive errors as Latics leave Sheffield pointless.
- A couple of defensive mistakes cost us.
- McCann goal a training ground routine.
- Fans superb and support appreciated.
Latics manager Malky Mackay rued defensive mistakes as his side went down to a first defeat under his tenure against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
A double for Owls striker Stevie May earned Stuart Gray’s side the three points despite Latics controlling large parts of the play and going ahead through Chris McCann.
However, Mackay watched on as his side surrendered their lead almost immediately before going down to one of the hosts’ only breaks in the second-half.
“We’ve had a good chat as a team in there,” Mackay told Latics Player afterwards. “It was a disappointing result and I’m disappointed for the players in there because they’ve put an awful lot in to the game and they’ve had terrific chances.
“But through our own mistakes, and two poor decisions from a couple of players for each goal, it’s led to them scoring goals against us.
“Especially the second one because we controlled most of the second-half and it was the only chance on our goal after we’d had various attempts on their goal.
“I’m really disappointed for them after we came up here and played the way we did.”
Latics led through a training ground set-piece that saw James McClean cross for McCann to notch his first goal of the season in a game that also saw Ben Watson make his first start of the campaign.
And Mackay was pleased with the goal and the pair on their return though he was disappointed by his side’s game management as May equalised within a minute of the Irish midfielder’s opener.
“We’ve worked hard over the past ten days on set-pieces in terms of where people should go and where deliveries should be but it’s still got to be executed on the pitch so well done to the players involved in that.” He added.
“They’re both terrific players [Ben Watson and Chris McCann] and they’re both experienced players as well, they’ve both had long layouts so it’s good to get them both back out on the pitch, for Ben it was his first one and that’s a bonus, hopefully it’s the first of many.
“We’ve got to be better at making sure we actually keep the lead; that’s about game management and that’s something that we’ll work on in the weeks going forward because we’d been comfortable up to that point.
“To give such a sloppy first goal away [was disappointing], we’ve got three men running to the ball and that’s about communication which is something else we’ll work on.”
Mackay spoke of his appreciation for the 700 or so travelling fans who made the cross-Pennine trip to Hillsborough and he hopes the fans noticed his side’s endeavour and chances created.
“We’ll be working hard,” Mackay continued. “I think the fans have seen that and they’ve seen the chances we created up at the end they were at, we’ll keep trying to get these wins back on the board again because it is a fair distance to travel, we know the money the lay out and I appreciate our fans, especially our away fans.
“Win, lose or draw, we’ll be over there clapping them and showing our appreciation for the support.”