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15 December 2016

Manager says players need to keep giving their maximum after honourable defeat against the league leaders

  • Warren Joyce reactes to the Newcastle United defeat
  • “We need a bit more devilment to take opportunities” – Warren Joyce
  • Joyce on Will Grigg, Andy Kellett and keeping up the belief in the squad.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce has urged his side to keep working hard after another narrow defeat, this time at home to Sky Bet Championship leaders Newcastle United. 

He says the players need to approach Saturday’s big match at home to Ipswich Town with a similar attitude, as he explained when assessing the Newcastle performance with Latics PlayerHD.

“I think we just needed to have a bit more devilment in the box in that second half,” he said, “ we had some really good opportunities from some good play but didn’t end with a goal in that period.

“If one of those chances goes in who knows? But I think in both halves we had a method about our play and particularly in the 2nd half we were good value for a goal but it just didn’t materialise.

“The first goal was poor from our own making, you can’t legislate for that, we were inviting a press and we lost it in a vulnerable area where we could have retained possession. 

“We made a mistake and a lot of goals come from mistakes and that’s certainly how the goals have come in the last two or three games. 

“But we have to dust ourselves down and try and eradicate the mistakes from our game. 

“I thought Will (Grigg) looked bright, both him and Dan Burn have looked sharp in training these past few weeks. Will missed some pre-season, then through international duty and illness and it’s a pretty good yard stick in training to judge how he’s progressed. It’s taken a bit of time for him to get up to speed but he’s done well.

“Every single game there’s been a set-back where we’ve had to juggle the side and tonight we’re already having to juggle the right-back position when  Luke Garbutt comes off. I thought Andy Kellett did well when he came on, it’s been a long time since he’s had first team games and playing out of position I thought he did a good job for us.

“We’ve tried to win every game since I’ve been here and none of the teams we’ve played since the Barnsley game have carved us open, we’ve had a way of stopping teams from creating many chances, I can’t recall the keeper having to make many saves to keep us in the games, which shows we have a method. The lads have shown a willingness to run and put their bodies on the line and stop sides from hurting us. 

“I also think we’ve created opportunities but the final touch hasn’t been there. They’re the fine margins we have to work on. 

“We played some good football in that spell in the 2nd half and we actually hurt one of the best teams in the league but unfortunately we end up with nothing to show for it. 

“The last three conversations with the players after games have been the same unfortunately, where we’ve given everything but been undone by small margins. 

“The only thing we can do is to keep trying, to be at our maximum in every training session, every match, we can’t carry any players who are under par. We need everyone functioning at their best to be competitive.”

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