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MACKAY REFLECTS ON CHARLTON DEFEAT

21 February 2015

Boss rues first-half injuries as Latics suffer 3-0 defeat to the Addicks at the DW.

  • Mackay “We’ll continue to assess Leon injury”
  • We started the game as well as any game we have since I’ve been here.
  • We’ll look to the loan market for reinforcements.
Latics manager Malky Mackay felt everything that could possibly go wrong did so as Latics fell to a 3-0 home defeat against Charlton Athletic on Friday evening.

Leon Clarke and William Kvist were the latest Latics players to join the injury list with Clarke stretchered off before half-time after Danish international Kvist had pulled up in the build up to the Addicks’ opener.

And Mackay rued his side’s luck on the injury front and says both will continue to be assessed.

“With Leon, he’s gone off in a neck brace and he was taking off with oxygen before half-time on the stretcher so he’s gone to hospital and he’ll be seeing specialists.

“It’s not good when a player is stretchered off and it’s always a worrying moment.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen there but they’re treating it still and the assessment continues.

“William stretched for a ball and just felt his hamstring tweak and he’s an absolute warrior so for him to come off means it was obviously quite painful.

“So within the space of five days we’ve lost our new central midfield partnership and a new centre forward – it was a difficult one to take.

“To lose two key players on the back of Chris Herd at Reading, leaves us down to bare bones at the moment and it’s about making sure we get up and get on with it again.”

Mackay was generally pleased with his side’s effort, especially the way his team started the game.

But two goals on the counter gave Charlton a comfortable victory.

“We started as well as we’ve started for a long period; we had a terrific opening period but their first attempt on goal was a goal,” he added.

“It was disappointing on the back of the other things that happened in the first-half and second-half we battled back hard to try and get back in the game and we were always susceptible to the counter and that’s something we take on the chin as we were trying to get back in the game.

“Young Sheyi Ojo and Kim Bo-Kyung ran themselves into the ground trying to make a difference but I thought the two of them were the two catalysts for everything we tried to do well.

“Our two centre backs worked very hard, as did our captain James Perch at right back, to drive us on but anything that could go wrong tonight did go wrong.

“We have to keep looking at the loan market and try to do something else because we’ve been hit hard by injuries, which is disappointing.”

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