Boss urges players to keep their heads up after Conor Coady’s goal proves the difference in DW defeat.
- The goal we conceded was unfortunate.
- Lynch handball was a penalty; the ball isn’t rolling for us at the minute.
- We’ll keep working at refreshing the squad.
Latics manager Malky Mackay feels his side were unfortunate to go down to a 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
The Scot thought his side showed endeavour throughout but rued Conor Coady’s cross that ended up in Scott Carson’s top left-hand corner in the second-half to give Chris Powell’s side the three points.
“I’m disappointed; the boys put terrific effort in today and to be beaten by what looks like a cross in the top corner is particularly unfortunate,” Mackay said.
“We were beginning to look really dangerous in the second half and then young Callum McManaman ends up pulling his calf and has to come off when he really looks as if he’s going to go at them.
“I thought we were pressing them in the second half and we kept going but the goal is one of these freak things.
“We had the penalty claim as well and it really does look like a penalty because the cross comes into the box and Joel Lynch’s hands aren’t in a natural position and the ball strikes both of them so we’re disappointed with the way in which the ball isn’t rolling for us at the minute.
“That’s just the way it is at the moment and we’ve just got to make sure we get our heads back up and don’t get too down-hearted because the performance was reasonable and we’ve got to make sure we take that into next week.”
Mackay also explained that staff and players need to demand more from themselves in the coming weeks but he praised William Kvist once again whilst Liam Ridgewell and Leon Barnett also received recognition as Emyr Huws returned to the starting XI.
“It’s about taking the jersey and Emyr certainly worked hard on his return today,” he added. “I thought our two centre-backs were terrific as well with William Kvist also playing well; he showed some real leadership qualities in there and we’ve got to have more of that from more of the players.
“We’ve got to be better all over the pitch; we’ve got to be better and put more demands on the XI that are out there, we need higher quality in their performance or even the ones that we may bring in.”
Latics head to Ipswich Town next weekend and, though there may be arrivals during the week, Mackay conceded he has to be patient with clubs reluctant to loan players out before the end of the January transfer window.
“We’ll keep trying in the next week or so,” Mackay explained. “Then when the loan window opens at the end of the month we’ll be trying because there’s one or two clubs we’re finding would rather do something in the 93-day loan window.
“We need to refresh the squad, so we’ll keep trying to do that.”