Warren Joyce frustrated after solitary deflected goal seals points
- Warren Joyce on Wednesday: “We deserved something from the game.”
- Joyce on James Weir: “He was so close to making it a debut to remember.”
- “We need as many as we can fit and ready to help us.“ Joyce on the new players.
Speaking to Latics Player HD, Latics manager Warren Joyce was understandably frustrated after watching his side give everything but fall just short.
ON THE GOAL
I’m very disappointed because we had a lot good play, we were set up tactically very well. We started the game well too and had reasonable opportunities but neither side had clear-cut chances so it was frustrating to concede just before half-time again.
We got a bit ragged in a five to eight minute spell and we talked to the boys about that. We are playing against a team with a massive budget so you have to expect that, but we lost our shape at the crucial moment and if you trace the goal back, we had a free-kick ourselves and 90 seconds later it’s in the back of our net, the deflection is just the sort of luck we’ve been having.
ON SECOND HALF CHANCES
We lacked that little bit of calmness in the final pass, the final finish and we’ve talked about that. It’s different doing it on the training ground than in a match situation, but it’s something we’re obviously going to have to work on because we’ve got to eradicate those silly errors which cost us.
We got a lot of things right, however and we deserved something from the game I thought. With those balls fizzing across the box, it’s just crying out for someone to put one in, the chance for James Weir is fantastic, he was so close to making it a debut to remember.
ON INTEGRATING THE NEW PLAYERS
They’ve all fitted in well but it’s a case of needing to get them into the squad and ready as quickly as possible. We’ve got players with different needs, some coming up from lower leagues who need to adjust to the pace, then older players who need to regain their sharpness after a period out. But we will work with them and we want to have that competition in the squad.
ON A BUSY FEBRUARY
Yes there are a lot of games coming thick and fast, which is why we need as many players fit and ready as we can get. When there is so little time between matches, you need to allow the players to rest up and be ready. They will have tomorrow off (Saturday) then build up and be ready to be flat out on Tuesday night.