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.
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.