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2 January 2017

Warren Joyce says he is disappointed for the players after the narrow defeat at home to The Terriers

  • Manager Warren Joyce on Huddersfield: “We deserved something from the game.”
  • Joyce: “Bitterly disappointed for the players, they gave everything today.”
  • Joyce:  “I thought Nick Powell put a real shift in for us today.”

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce felt his side were once again on the end of misfortune after a narrow reverse at home to high-flying Huddersfield.

“Obviously, we’re bitterly disappointed not to pick up one point and possibly all three because I felt we deserved it. 

“We’ve got to keep going and make things go our way. I can’t fault the effort of the players, we just maybe need slightly better decision making in the final third, that little bit of quality to retain the ball a bit longer and make possession count. 

“I thought there was a lot of clever play, a really good shape to our team and we stopped one of best passing sides in the division from threatening our goal. 

“It’s down to that little bit of confidence probably, in the situation we’re in maybe they’re not as relaxed as normal. When you’re two or three goals up you do things more naturally, but as I say, I can’t fault the players for effort and the quality of our play in general.

“I was pleased for Nick Powell today, which is a credit to our medical staff as he has not had many training days with us at all. He came back today and put a real shift in, which shows he really wants to help and be involved.

“We had to make a decision this morning on Andy Kellett, he has not had a lot of games before this run and there was just a bit too much fatigue in the hamstring, which and we felt it was important not to risk anything.

“I’m looking forward to working with Ryan Colclough, he obviously has a lot of talent and is a good addition.

“It’s another player when we are in desperate need of bodies in the dressing room. That said, I was pleased overall with the energy levels, when we matched a team who had made seven changes going into the game.”

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