Boss gives honest reflection after disappointing evening at the City Ground.
- Assombalonga, Burke and Lansbury give hosts 3-0 victory.
- Mackay urges players to take responsibility.
- “There will be changes at Reading” – Malky.
A bitterly disappointed Malky Mackay says Latics must do better for the fans and themselves after Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
The Scot was left deflated after another positive opening half hour was followed up by a disappointing collapse as his side conceding three goals in back-to-back fixtures after a clean sheet at Ipswich Town under a fortnight ago.
Looking back on the defeat at the City Ground, Mackay said:
“I thought we started fairly well tonight but again we gave a poor goal away before half time and then after that we just didn’t look as if we could get in their box,” he explained.
“We were second best all over the pitch tonight and having too many players under par on one evening ends up in a result like that.
“Coming off the back of the last couple of weeks where they’ve all been at it, I would say there were maybe only three of our players tonight who showed anything like what they are capable of and numbers like that cause us problems.”
Now the boss will look ahead to Tuesday’s visit to Reading and a period of three games in a week as Charlton Athletic and his former club Cardiff City visit the DW Stadium on the following Friday and Tuesday.
And Mackay admits he will make changes.
“It’s back to the training ground, we’ve got another few players into the club over the last couple of weeks so they’ll certainly be players getting their chances. It’s about keeping the jersey when you’ve got it and, if you don’t perform, then someone else is going to take that shirt.
“Certainly off the back of tonight’s performance, there is going to be a couple of changes.
“It’s really down to the individual and them stepping up to the plate because it was a good night tonight, a nice pitch and we started well enough but it’s up to the players to take responsibility all over the pitch and that’s got to be seen and tonight we had too many that didn’t do that.”
Over 350 fans made the trip from Wigan to Nottingham and Mackay urged his players to put things right for those supporters.
“We have to work hard to rectify what happened ahead of Reading, we had a good group of fans who came over here tonight and we certainly have to do better than we did tonight, for them.”