Boss reflects on Birmingham City defeat.
- Early goals cost us.
- Ridgewell and Cowie picked up knocks but good to get Waghorn back.
- We’ll fresh the squad up.
Latics manager Malky Mackay felt Clayton Donaldson’s double inside the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City proved too much despite his side’s spirited fight back at the end of the first-half and start of the second-half.
The Scot was disappointed with the way all three goals, all scored by former Brentford man Donaldson, were conceded.
“We gave ourselves a tough start,” Mackay said. “After losing a goal early on, a couple of wayward passes ended up with them scoring in the first minute.
“Then a poor bit of picking up allows the second goal to go in but we gave ourselves a lifeline with James McClean scoring a cracker before half time that brought us back into it again.
“I thought for 25 minutes of the second half we looked like we were going to do it, we then lose another awful goal that really deflates the guys and then the game petered out.”
One positive of the afternoon at St. Andrew’s was the return of Martyn Waghorn with the striker coming back in for his first 45 minutes of first team action since the 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in November.
And despite Mackay’s satisfaction at the former Leicester City striker’s return, he felt the third Birmingham goal robbed his side of the momentum they had built in the early stages of the second-half.
“We were getting James McClean in behind and him and Martyn Waghorn were linking up well,” he added. “We bought him on and it was good to get him back again.
“I thought the two of them did well the second half, they showed real energy and caused threats; it was just unfortunate the way that the third goal went in the way it did.
“The nature of it, taking a couple of deflections and going in, it did deflate the boys - before that point I thought we were looking good to get back into it again.
“It’s what’s not happening at the moment but it’s something that nothing other than hard work will change - that doesn’t change - I’m going to make sure that we keep working hard and as long as we do that, eventually one of these will fall our way.”
Mackay did indicate after the game that he expects to add new faces to his squad in the January transfer window with Emyr Huws still recovering from injury and one or two other Latics players missing out to injury and suspension.
To add to that, Don Cowie, Ivan Ramis and new addition Liam Ridgewell picked up knocks in the Midlands.
“Unfortunately we lost Don Cowie through an injury and Liam Ridgewell had tightness in his calf at half-time,” Mackay continued.
“We had to change things about a bit and then it led to Ivan Ramis coming off with an injury as well.
“James McClean took a whack and ended up limping a bit the last 20 minutes and we didn’t have the sub there to replace him, it’s just the way it was.
“We need to freshen up; there were a few injuries today and we do certainly need to freshen the squad up, that’s undoubted and we’ll be trying to do that as January progresses.”