Boss rues lack of killer instinct in front of goal as Leeds United grab all three points from the DW.
- Players have to take responsibility in front of goal – Mackay.
- Manager feels players couldn’t have given more in terms of effort.
- 60% possession and 19 efforts on Leeds goal should return a win.
Latics boss Malky Mackay was disappointed his side picked nothing up from Saturday’s home game with Leeds United despite dominating in possession and efforts on goal.
Alex Mowatt’s 51st minute strike proved the difference between the two sides as Mackay reflected on another narrow home defeat.
“We’re obviously very disappointed,” Mackay said. “We threw everything at them, especially in the second-half, and to have six or seven balls flash across their area and us not to then put it in the net is disappointing.
“We had the setback of their goal and I’ve looked at it again and it’s pretty unlucky because it bounces of Jason Pearce’s back and falls kindly for their player who has hit it well to be fair.
“From that moment on, it was one-way traffic and we managed to get the ball into their box and into dangerous areas but we didn’t put it in the net and really that’s what counts at the end of the day.
“We’ve got to do that, that’s the demands the players have got to put on themselves. One of our forward-thinking players is going to have to stick the ball into the back of the net and that’s the key to it.”
Latics had the best part of 60% of the possession at the DW and 19 efforts on the Leeds goal with James McClean’s free-kick well saved by Marco Silvestri and Sheyi Ojo, Kim Bo-kyung and Don Cowie all going close inside the box.
Mackay felt once again his players gave their all but he feels they need to focus on finding that quality in the final third.
“It’s about taking responsibility and making sure you make the difference; some of our lads did that today, 19 efforts on goal and nearly 60% possession should end up in a win, never mind trying to get a point out of the game.
“The effort has never been an issue and you can see week in week out that they’re absolutely putting the effort in, it’s more about putting more demand on themselves in that final thing that they do and making sure it is with quality.”