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GRAHAM BARROW ON LATICS’ DEFEAT AT BRIGHTON ON EASTER MONDAY

17 April 2017

Graham Barrow reflects on his side’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Easter Monday as Latics’ survival hopes take a blow whilst the Seagulls head to the Premier League.

  • Graham Barrow reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
  • Barrow frustrated with the two goals his side conceded.
  • “Goals were a total disaster,” says Barrow.
Wigan Athletic’s Interim Manager Graham Barrow cut a frustrated figure as his side failed to follow up an encouraging first half-hour in Brighton by conceding two sloppy goals on their way to a 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The hosts are heading to the Premier League after the win, despite Nick Powell setting up a tense finish with his fifth goal in just over a week.

Reflecting post-match, Barrow said:

“What we had worked on and talked about was working and I was pleased with most of what went on in terms of our midfielders and how hard they worked to be organised and restrict Brighton to give us a platform.

“However, I am so disappointed with the first goal, I find it hard to believe we conceded a goal from that situation and if we go on the training pitch tomorrow and put that into practice, I don’t think we’d concede in 20 times of doing it, and that’s disappointing. 

“I was anxious of looking at the clock but I actually just looked at my watch in my pocket as their centre-half had the ball and there was no danger, I looked back up and we were scampering back to try and stop the goal. It was a total disaster, I have told the players what I think of it but I probably don’t need to because any professional player should be disappointed by conceding a goal like that.

“Even the second goal, despite the fact they’d had the odd situation where they could have scored a good goal before that, they get another poor goal from our point of view. I know [Anthony] Knockaert’s a special player but from where he was he shouldn’t have created a chance.

“Since I have been in charge, we have been pretty solid but at Ipswich and here today we conceded poor goals and we have to look at that because, if we can tighten up and keep three clean sheets, then we’ve still got a chance.”

On Powell, who impressed from the bench again, Barrow added:

“Nick got the goal and you hope there’s enough time on the clock to get another but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s going to be a difficult decision on Saturday because we have to win; anybody can see that Nick isn’t 100% and we have to manage him because of the seriousness of his injury.

“People will be desperate to see him start and that’s going to have to be a controlled emotional decision between now and the weekend. The positive is that we are Saturday to Saturday so there’s a chance to recover between games, and that will give him a chance.”

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