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2 April 2018

Defender feels the frustration as Latics lose for the first time in eight Sky Bet League One matches at Portsmouth on Easter Monday.

  • WATCH: Chey Dunkley on Latics’ 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth
  • Dunkley says Latics will be quick to move on from defeat at Fratton Park
  • Dunkley: “We have to deal with disappointment and dust ourselves down straight away because games are coming thick and fast.”

Wigan Athletic defender Chey Dunkley said Latics have to put Easter Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth behind them quickly and re-focus ahead of their final eight games of the season.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics after the defeat at Fratton Park, Dunkley said:

“I thought the result didn’t reflect the performance; it’s football, though, and we have to deal with disappointment and dust ourselves down straight away because we know that games are coming thick and fast and we have to get ourselves ready for MK Dons.”

The game’s crucial moment came in the first-half when Pompey were awarded a penalty for a foul by Dan Burn on Ben Close, with Burn protesting the challenge came outside the area.

Dunkley says regardless of whether the decision was right or wrong, Latics had time to get back into the game but it wasn’t to be.

“I haven’t watched it back but, at the time, I didn’t think it was a penalty,” he said. “Dan believed it was outside and real time it looked that way, but we haven’t watched it back so I can’t comment 100%.

“Sometimes the referee gets things wrong and we see that all over the EFL and Premier League, but we had more than enough time to get ourselves back into the game but we couldn’t and it was just one of those games.”

Latics dropped to third with the defeat at Portsmouth but Dunkley was keen to reinforce that, should Latics win their games in hand, the title is in their hands.

“We know Shrewsbury and Blackburn are there but we don’t look at what they are doing; we focus on ourselves because if we get the results we know we end up getting promoted,” Dunkley continued.

“The gaffer has said focus on ourselves, disappointments happen in football and we just need to move on.”

And Dunkley wanted to finish by thanking the 461 supporters who made the trip to Fratton Park.

“The fans came a long way and they came in numbers so credit to them, we appreciate it, and we need them now to push us through and get us over the line,” he said.

“We have a home match with MK Dons next and that is a tough game in its own right because they are fighting to stay in this league whilst we are fighting to get out of it.

“Hopefully the fans can come in good numbers, get behind us and push us through.”

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