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4 January 2015

Defender calls for putting talk into action following Bolton defeat.

  • “Can’t keep saying we need to take chances, we need to do it.” – Perch.
  • Disappointing for the fans.
  • Focus solely now on the league.

James Perch called for Latics to turnaround their season by taking their chances after missed opportunities and a single lapse in concentration allowed local rivals Bolton Wanderers to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser at the Macron Stadium on Saturday.

Adam Forshaw, James McClean and Shaun Maloney were all denied by the impressive Adam Bogdan in the Trotters goal as Malky Mackay’s side began 2015 with defeat.

And Perch feels another defeat by the odd goal, Latics’ 11th of the season, is further proof that fine margins just need turning in our favour.

“We’ve got to keep going, keep doing what we’re doing and try and create our own bit of luck that we may well need to get us on a run,” Perch explained.

“We’re losing games by the odd goal and it’s tough to take because we know we’re good enough and certainly were good enough to win the game against Bolton.

“Adam [Forshaw] got good contact on his header and fair play to their keeper as he’s got great reaction saves with the ones he made from Shaun Maloney and James McClean as well.

“That was at 0-0 and, if it went in, it’s a different game but it wasn’t to be; we can’t keep saying we need to take the chances, though, we need to do it.

“We thought we played well and we created some good chances, so did they as well and it was a pretty even game but that meant it was always going to be one goal that decided it and unfortunately for us it was them that got it.”

Perch praised the travelling support once again and he appreciated the fact supporters stayed behind to clap the players off despite defeat.

“It’s always tough going to Bolton for the derby match and we know that from already going this season,” he added.

“It’s not nice for the fans to lose to their rivals; they always come out in good numbers here and we’ve let them down in the result again but they clapped us off at the end because I think they can see it is not for a lack of effort.”

Out of a cup they’ve done so well in of late, Perch says the focus now solely is on Latics’ league predicament with a fixture at Birmingham City next up for Mackay’s side.

“The league is our priority now,” Perch continued. “It was at the start of the season but we always want to do well in the FA Cup because we’ve done that in the last couple of years.

“It’s come to an end and now we’re solely focused on the league.”

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