Boss pleased with performance but admits his side missed their opportunity to go ahead in the first 25 minutes of the game.
- Graham Barrow on Latics’ 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.
- Boss feels his side should have had a second-half penalty.
- Barrow: “You could see how eager the lads were to get is right, it just wasn’t going to be for us.”
Wigan Athletic’s Interim Manager Graham Barrow says he was happy with his side’s performance but rued how they didn’t convert their dominance in the match against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City into a result, which may well prove to be the final nail in the coffin of Latics’ Sky Bet Championship survival hopes.
Reflecting post-match, Barrow said:
“I was delighted with the performance but disappointed to not get the three points.
“The players have given everything and it was one of our best 90 minutes for a while. We controlled the game from almost start to finish.
“If there was a part of the game where we missed a good opportunity it would be the first 25 minutes because I thought we totally controlled the game in that spell.
“The occasion and the situation got to us then in the last part of the game because we needed to be a bit calmer and pass the ball around more with Nick and Ryan on the pitch. Emotions come into the situation then though and you could see how eager the lads were to get it right. It wasn’t going to be for us.
“Dan Burn had a go for us up front at the end of the game and I was a little bit reluctant to do that because then you just get lads pumping balls up the pitch. It was just the situation we were in though and I can’t fault anyone. Everyone who went onto the pitch gave everything.”
Barrow also admitted his frustration at a number of penalty claims being turned down, with a challenge on Ryan Tunnicliffe in the second-half providing a particular source of frustration.
“We’re not ones for making a fuss but we’ve had a look back at the shouts for penalties and there was one that stood out in particular. The one on Ryan Tunnicliffe is what I’m referring too because he if doesn’t go down then he’s through on goal. It’s happened now though and we just have to get on with it. It wasn’t to be.”
Barrow finished by saying his side will not give hope, albeit the situation looks bleak.
“We need a favour tomorrow from Steve Bruce and Aston Villa to keep it alive for another week.
“In the time I’ve been in charge here this season it’s never been in our hands.
“It’s not like we’ve lost grip of the situation because we’ve always tried to get it back into our own hands.
“There wasn’t a lot wrong with the performances today apart from the result, and the result is the most important thing.”