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GRAHAM BARROW: “FANS DESERVE MUCH BETTER”

4 April 2017

Interim Manager left frustrated by “massive mistakes” as Latics lost 3-0 at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

  • Graham Barrow reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 3-0 defeat at Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.
  • Barrow says “massive mistakes” cost Latics.
  • Boss admits supporters deserve much better from their team.
Wigan Athletic’s Interim Manager Graham Barrow cut a frustrated figure in his post-match assessment on Tuesday night as Latics lost 3-0 against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears (2) scored the goals for the Tractor Boys after individual errors cost Latics for each goal.

And Barrow says he didn’t see such a poor performance coming from his players, whilst also stating the club’s supporters deserve much more.

“I didn’t see that coming after our last two performances,” Barrow said. “I felt we should have scored a couple of goals ourselves but the quality of goal we have given away is just not like us and not the football I want to see. 

“I had words to say in the dressing room and that will stay there, but obviously, we’re not happy.

“It’s just massive mistakes; you can’t give a team a two-goal start and then the third one as well.

“They deserve better; you know my feeling towards the supporters and I think they’ve been fantastic.

“We can only try and make it up to them in the games that we have left to come. We have to man up, it’s so disappointing, this should have been an even match at the very least.”

Barrow did praise goalkeeper Matt Gilks, though, with the former Scotland international’s performance preventing the score from being even more humiliating for his side.

And substitutes Alex Gilbey and Gabriel Obertan also encouraged Barrow from the bench.

“I have to say Gilksy was world class with some of the saves he made; the one from the header off the free-kick was really out of this world,” he said.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves but we’re not even going to pretend that it was OK. 

“Gabby [Obertan] and Alex Gilbey came on and had a go, I thought Michael [Jacobs] and Ryan [Colclough] did pretty well, the delivery on the set-pieces from Jamie Hanson was good and they were the positives but the negatives were too big and we don’t want to see that again for the rest of the season.

“We’ve said what we had said and hopefully we get the right response.”

And Barrow says it’s up to the players to respond when Rotherham visit the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“The players have to pick themselves up,” he finished. “They’ve took on the challenge but there’s only so much the staff can do with a performance like that. It’s up to the players to respond to what’s been said, we still have a chance to make amends and it has to start Saturday.”

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