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29 January 2017

Boss full of praise for 3,000 travelling supporters as Latics exit the Emirates FA Cup following 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

  • Warren Joyce reflects on Wigan Athletic’s defeat at Manchester United.
  • Boss praises effort, intelligence and bravery of his players.
  • Joyce: “The noise our fans made were tremendous.”
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce was full of praise for the club’s supporters after his side lost 4-0 against his former employers Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round on Sunday afternoon. 

3,000 travelling supporters made great noise throughout as they backed their side in fine style despite a typically tough afternoon at Old Trafford.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce said:

“The fans were magnificent; the noise they made throughout the game was tremendous.

"I want them to keep with us and keep on doing that for the rest of the season in every game that we have because they have a big part to play in what we want to achieve.”

On the game itself, Joyce was equally happy with his players’ performance, though he rued his side’s inability to take their good chances whilst United were ruthless at the other end.

“I’m proud of the effort, but not just that because tactically I thought the intelligence we showed was good; the bravery to come to Old Trafford, take the ball and pass it and break the lines to create good opportunities, I was delighted with that,” Joyce explained.

“It was two poor goals from stand-up balls that we get a lot in the Championship, so it was frustrating in that sense that we were two goals down when they hadn’t carved us open.

“The last 20 minutes we were going for it and the lads were tired and we were trying to drive the game and sneak a goal to get back into it, so it was inevitable they could get goals on the break.

“I couldn’t fault the effort, the intelligence, the bravery to get on the ball, and we gave as good as we got for a good 60 minutes and deserved more from that period.

“United probably haven’t had that many chances in the game; I can’t really recall Jakob [Haugaard] making a save for us and they’ve scored four goals so that’s the difference really.”

Joyce’s final message was that his side must now take the positives of their performance forwards into their league form.

“We re-focus and go again,” he added. “We can learn from the fine details of the game and that if you switch off, even for just one second, you can get hurt and punished.

“What we take forwards is that we are clever enough to take information on board, even against the best teams in the country, and we are capable of carrying those things out tactically against world class players.”

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