Midfielder reflects on ‘undeserved’ FA Cup with Budweiser exit.
- On our performance, defeat is difficult to take.
- Praise for ‘brilliant’ Ali Al Habsi.
- Disappointed not to get result for travelling support.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Adam Forshaw felt another solid performance went unrewarded as Latics lost their first FA Cup tie, excluding penalty shootouts, in two seasons at local rivals Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Zach Clough’s goal proved the difference between the two sides at the Macron Stadium as Latics suffered an 11th defeat by the odd goal of the campaign.
And Forshaw believes performances are continuing to improve but results need to change in the near future as reward.
“I think it is extra disappointing because for big periods of the game we were the better side and we were on the front foot for the majority of the second-half after ending the first-half really well too,” the 23-year-old explained.
“We sustained a lot of pressure early on so on the basis of the performance it’s a tough one to take.
“We haven’t been battered by anyone, it’s always a close game; performances are getting slightly better every game and hopefully starting next week we’ll put it right.
“Everyone knows the Championship for being such a strange league but if we go to Birmingham and do the right things then we’re more than confident we’ll get three points.”
Forshaw reserved praise for Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi who returned for his second appearance of the campaign before heading to Australia for the Asia Cup with the Omani national team.
And Forshaw, who has similarly just returned to the side, hopes to now keep hold of his place in Mackay’s starting XI.
“Ali was brilliant,” Forshaw added. “He obviously hasn’t been in the side for a while and he’s had to wait for his turn but he put in a brilliant performance.
“Similarly to Ali, I’ve been waiting for my place in the team and hopefully I’m in the manager’s plans and I can stay in the side.
“There is always going to be tough competition for places because we’ve got a lot of good players and I think the manager is probably still trying to work out his best team and shape etc.”
Forshaw had arguably Latics’ best chance at the Macron Stadium with his close range header superbly saved by Adam Bogdan in the Trotters’ goal.
And the Liverpool-born midfielder was disappointed not to score, especially given the fantastic travelling support.
“I thought if I got any sort of clean header, from that sort of distance, it would have been a goal but the keeper has made a great save,” Forshaw continued.
“Listen, I’ve got to score but, at the same time, it’s an unbelievable save and it’s big for them because if we go 1-0 up, it’s a different game.
“The fans were brilliant today; we heard them all the way through the game and it is a shame we couldn’t get the result for them but I don’t think it was through lack of trying.”