Boss says he is disappointed he couldn’t produce “minor miracle” and keep Latics up.
- Wigan Athletic’s Interim Manager Graham Barrow reflects on his side’s 1-0 defeat at Reading, which consigned Latics to relegation to Sky Bet League One.
- Barrow confirms midfielder Shaun MacDonald has suffered a leg break.
- Barrow: “Our immediate thoughts are with Shaun, and we hope for a speedy recovery.”
Wigan Athletic’s Interim Manager Graham Barrow says the club is hurting after relegation to Sky Bet League One was confirmed on Saturday afternoon, following a 1-0 defeat at Reading.
Yann Kermorgant’s early goal was the difference at the Madejski Stadium on an afternoon when Latics would have had their fate sealed even if they’d taken the numerous chances they created in a dominant performance in Berkshire.
Reflecting post-match, Barrow said:
“We weren’t relegated because of today, we know that, but there are sad faces in the dressing room and it hurts everyone across the club.
“I don’t know what more we could have done to try and win today; the chances we created were good enough to have won the game,
“If you look at how we played against Reading in the reverse fixture and how we did today then we have to be immensely proud, under the circumstances. But today’s performance for me only shows how much the players have let themselves down over the course of the season really.
“It’s a huge problem – the lack of goals – because today we created so many chances but it will have to be rectified in the summer.”
To compound the misery for Latics on a difficult day, they lost popular midfielder Shaun MacDonald early in the game as he broke his leg following a challenge with Reading’s George Evans.
And Barrow placed his immediate thoughts with the midfielder.
“Shaun’s injury is a bad one,” he added. “He’s broke his leg and, obviously, our immediate thoughts are with him and we hope for a speedy recovery.
“The challenge on Shaun wasn’t a great one and the lad was probably fortunate to stay on the pitch.”
Barrow also added his disappointment at not being able to pull off the job he had hoped to do when he took interim charge in March, stating it hurts him to not get the results for the supporters.
“I believed I could perform a minor miracle and I am disappointed we haven’t been able to do it,” he finished. “I am certainly frustrated we couldn’t have taken it into next Sunday at least.
“I am so disappointed for the supporters, I really am. They were fantastic again today.
“It just goes to show how ruthless the Championship is; I have been involved in all five divisions and I think the Premier League is obviously the most clinical but the Championship is without doubt the toughest.”