Captain says dressing room hurting for Shaun MacDonald after midfielder suffers broken leg at Reading.
- Stephen Warnock on Wigan Athletic’s relegation to Sky Bet League One.
- Skipper says immediate thoughts with Shaun MacDonald.
- Warnock: “The lads and Shaun’s family will have to get behind him and support him.”
Wigan Athletic captain Stephen Warnock was evidently hurting after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Reading confirmed Latics’ relegation to Sky Bet League One.
Reflecting post-match, though, Warnock’s immediate thoughts were with midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who broke his leg down at the Madesjki Stadium.
“It looked nasty and we felt it was a high challenge,” MacDonald said. “Shaun’s a good lad, an honest lad and I feel for him.
“I have been there myself when I have broken my leg and what goes through your head at that moment in time is horrible and the lads and his family will have to get behind him and support him to get back as fit as he can.”
On Latics’ relegation, Warnock added:
“Since the start of the season, we have always felt we were in games, they’ve been finely balanced but, to be honest, it’s been an uphill battle all the way.
“It’s proved that the Championship is a tough league; there is a lot more quality than people expect in this league. The table doesn’t lie at the end of the season, though, and overall we haven’t been good enough.
“It’s been horrible for the fans; they’ve backed us as much as they can through a very tough time and we understand their frustrations.
“We have let them down, we’ve let the club down and that’s something everybody has to look at themselves for.”
And the former England international felt the defeat in Berkshire summed up the campaign for Latics.
“It’s the story of the season,” he continued. “Reading are one of the top teams in this league and we more than matched them and created enough chances to win two or three games.
“We switched off from the corner and they punished us but ultimately after that we had enough chances to get back in the game and win it.”