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"NATURE OF DEFEAT TOUGH TO TAKE" - LIAM RIDGEWELL

25 January 2015

Ridgewell disappointed at nature of defeat.

  • Liam Ridgewell looks back on 1-0 defeat.
  • Huddersfield’s goal disappointing to take.
  • “We won’t feel sorry for ourselves.” – Ridgewell.
Speaking after Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship, on loan Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell said the team are disappointed with the nature of Latics’ defeat:

“It’s very tough to take,” started the 30-year-old.

“We defended well for the majority of the game throughout the team and we worked really hard, so to lose to a goal like that is very disappointing.  Sadly that’s the way it’s going at the minute.

“For the rest of the game other than two flash points when we had to clear it off the line, Huddersfield didn’t really cause use any problems.

“At the time of the goal we were looking to go on and win it ourselves, but for Conor Coady to cross the ball and it go in is a very tough one to take.  He admitted after the game it was a cross rather than a shot, which is even more frustrating for us.”

Looking back on his start at the club, Ridgewell continued:

“Since my first game it’s clear to see that the boys are working very hard, it’s not like we’re not trying, we’ve just not been getting those little breaks.

“It’s not for a lack of trying, because the lads worked really hard and hopefully soon the results will change for us.”

On his personal situation Ridgewell added:

“It was a tough start for me at Birmingham, it was my first game for a while, but I can feel myself getting fitter and fitter.  I want to contribute to the team as much as possible, and I hope the fans saw that in my performance.

“I mentioned when I first arrived about helping the team to keep clean sheets and get victories, so I take it very personally that we conceded late on and lost this game to be honest.”

Looking ahead to Latics' next run of games, Ridgewell said there’s no time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves.

“We’ve got to get over it very quickly for the game next week.

“The one thing we won’t do is start to feel sorry for ourselves.  It was still a good performance against Huddersfield, that’s the disappointing thing.  It’s good that everyone is disappointed for that reason, because that’s how we’ll get the right response next week.

“They don’t get any easier; away to Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest, at home to Bournemouth and away to Reading.  If we want to get out of this situation then we know we have to do it the hard way, but I’m sure that will soon change for us.”

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