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5 November 2016

New Latics boss Warren Joyce disappointed by poor start as his first game as manager ends in 3-0 home defeat to Reading.

  • Warren Joyce reflects on defeat in his first game as Latics manager.
  • “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb,” Joyce says after his side concede twice inside five minutes.
  • Joyce says the only positive he can take is that he felt his players never gave up in their search for an equaliser.
A bitterly disappointed and frustrated Warren Joyce told Latics PlayerHD his side made their task of building on last weekend’s win at Cardiff City immensely tougher by gifting in-form Reading two goals inside the first five minutes of his first game in charge of Latics.

Garath McCleary scored two early goals for Jaap Stam’s side before a Yann Kermorgant penalty in the second-half sealed the points for the Royals.

Assessing his first game in charge, Joyce said:

“It’s massively disappointing; to go two goals down in the manner that we did by conceding cheap and poor goals.

“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and the only plus I can take from the game is that I don’t think the players ducked it or gave up.

“I’ve said to them that it’s a long season, we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again.

“There were certain times in the game where we had some good situations but we gave the ball away cheap and they caught us on some counter attacks.”

Reflecting on the goals his side conceded in more detail, Joyce added:

“The first goal is a nothing ball down the middle that wasn’t dealt with and there’s nothing tactically I can do for that nor is there any good or clever play where we have been ripped open, and the second one is similar because we were so slow to get out to him.

“The third goal was soft too, whether it was a penalty I am not so sure, but we gave the ball away in a vulnerable area and we were always going to be open on the counter at that stage because we were chasing the game.

“We made attacking substitutions to open it up in the wide areas but if you give the ball away then you are vulnerable to the counter-attacks and the penalty from that finished the game off.”

Joyce will now have chance to work with his players in the international break prior to the trip to Barnsley a fortnight today, and Joyce hopes his side now react to his demands in training.

“The international break gives me a chance to work with the players and make my own mind up on them and see how they cope with some of the demands that I put on them,” he explained.

“Like I say, I wasn’t disappointed with the endeavour today – they didn’t give up – but we made some basic mistakes that cost us goals early doors and gave us a mountain to climb.”

Joyce also stated that he wanted supporters to know that nobody would be hurting more than him this evening.

“They won’t be as disappointed as I am,” he said. “I had dreams of coming here and getting off to a good start so to have a result like that makes it hard.

“However much the supporters love the club – and they were fantastic today with the way they stuck with the side – they won’t be as disappointed as I am tonight.”

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