Mackay disappointed with defeat in close game after Latics’ second half efforts.
- Forshaw chance a crucial moment.
- Al Habsi puts in 'terrific performance.
- Huws out with ankle injury.
Speaking after Latics’ 1-0 FA Cup third round exit to Bolton Wanderers, Malky Mackay said he was disappointed in defeat, especially after the performance of his team in the second half, and the number of close chances.
“We’re disappointed with the result today, second half I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and did enough to win the game.
“The first half was disappointing because we were too sloppy and gave the ball away too easily, which allowed Bolton too many chances at our goal.
“It was a very evenly matched game, but in the second half we were much improved and I thought we were going to go on and win it.”
Mackay continued, praising Ali Al Habsi, who was making his second appearance of the season:
“Ali Al Habsi and our back three with their performances in the first half gave the team the spring board to go on and have a lot of the ball advanced in Bolton’s half.
“Ali’s saves in the first half were absolutely vital, he kept us level going into half time and I thought he was terrific.
“He took his chance in the team very well today. Ali’s a great guy to have around the squad and the training ground and I think his performance was brilliant.”
At the other end, Adam Forshaw was denied point blank by Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan, a crucial moment in the game said Mackay:
“The goal came against the run of play as far as the second half is concerned. It could have been a completely difference story with Adam Forshaw’s header, I think everyone thought it was going to be a goal.
“Bogdan makes a terrific save and then James McClean and Shaun Maloney both test him. For me it was two teams going hard at it and the saves made by the two keepers prove how close the game was.
“Their keeper had an impressive game in the second half, but it was just that fine line with 15 minutes to go that separated the teams.”
Mackay continued, praising the club’s 2,500 plus travelling supporters.
“The supporters were superb today and they were singing all the way through, I’m just disappointed for them because they deserved a victory.
“If just one of those chances at that end goes in then we would be sending them home with a place in the fourth round.
“I think they saw 11 players giving it their all to win today, and they’ll continue to fight for the Wigan Athletic jersey.”
On a final note, Mackay revealed that Welsh international midfielder Emyr Huws has been suffering with an ankle injury:
“Emyr took an ankle twist three weeks ago and he’s had an issue with it since, but he’ll be back in training in about a week.”