Jake Buxton reflects on his home debut for Wigan Athletic as Latics lose 1-0 to QPR at DW Stadium.
- Buxton: “We’re not doing well enough in both boxes.”
- 31-year-old stresses importance of “desire and intensity” over the international break.
- Honest assessment from former Derby County man, who feels it need to “mean more” to keep clean sheets.
Nedum Onuoha scored early in the second-half for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side on a frustrating afternoon for Latics as they dominated possession throughout the game at the DW Stadium but failed to create sufficient clear-cut opportunities.
Speaking with Latics PlayerHD post-match, Buxton stressed the importance of Latics improving at both ends of the pitch.
“We’re extremely disappointed to come away from the game with no points; we dominated the ball again, as we have done in previous games, but we lacked that little bit of quality to score a goal and also that intensity in our defending to keep the ball out of the back of the net,” Buxton explained.
“At this moment of time, and we’ve spoken about it, it probably just doesn’t mean enough to us to keep a clean sheet.
“We know that in between both boxes we’re a good footballing side and we can keep the ball and move it nicely, what matters is in both boxes and we’re not doing it well enough.”
Buxton, like manager Gary Caldwell, felt his side didn’t engage in their game plan of capitalising on the narrow nature of Rangers’ defending until the final 10 minutes of the match when they created their best opportunities.
“We played well, we moved the ball well, we’re a good footballing side – you can see that – but perhaps there’s been a little bit of naivety in the games we’ve played,” Buxton added. “We have to recognise where the opposition are vulnerable and weak and where we’ve got strong players, we didn’t really capitalise on that today.
“We saw the space was with the width and we were getting bodies into the box but we waited until the 80th minute to get balls into the box.
“We probably should have done that from earlier on but, having said that, we got the ball in the back of the net in the first-half and it’s a different game if that counts.”
Latics now head into a two-week international break and will next face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Buxton has called for an intensity and desire during the break from Latics to improve their results from September onwards.
“If you go into a break on the back of four wins, then you might take your foot off so it’s swings and roundabouts,” he said. “We’re looking for an intensity within the football club and a desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net, also you have to put your body on the line to try and score a goal, that’s what we’ve got to find.”