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3 December 2016

"I thought we deserved something from the game," says Warren Joyce.

  • Warren Joyce reflects on Wigan Athletic’s home defeat against Derby County
  • Praise for emergency right-back Luke Garbuttl
  • “We more than matched one of the fancied sidest,” says Joyce.
Reflecting on Latics' narrow defeat at home to in-form Derby County, manager Warren Joyce said: “Obviously there are highs and lows in football and I was pleased the other night, when I couldn’t fault the effort.

"Today, we drove the game in the second half but I thought in the first half we weren’t quite positive enough with our passing, I thought we could have got on the half-turn a bit quicker, broken the lines but in saying that I don t think they were much of a threat and it was a really poor easy goal to concede.
“We’ve conceded really soft goals at home but look resilient away from home, which is frustrating. Against good sides when you’re on the back foot relatively early in the game, it does make it hard.
“I couldn’t really fault the players’ effort and determination today while the skill levels in the second half were pleasing, although sometimes the final ball didn’t drop where we wanted it. Sometimes, the decision making for the final pass wasn’t great today, Max’s was probably the best chance of the day but we need a bit more devilment in the box when balls drop down there to get a solid contact in there and create the opportunity.

“It was a good move for Max’s effort, I thought that during that 20-25 minute spell we played some good football with some purpose to our play and we broke the lines and I thought it deserved an equaliser. You don’t if that happens whether you can go on and win the game.

“We tried to gamble towards the end and threw some bodies up the field to make something happen but it probably petered out at the death. For that spell, though, when we were on top, we probably were good value for a goal.

“Luke (Garbutt) has done a great job for the team, he’s probably never played there before but it was a situation that was forced upon us with the injuries to Reece and Nathan so you’re asking him to play in a new position and I thought he did well. 

“Every game is a big game in this division, the players worked hard to get there last season and today against one of the sides who are perceived to be one of the automatic promotion favourites at the start of the season, we were more than a match for them today. There’s nothing to fear.”

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