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26 December 2018

Kal Naismith says Latics have to start making their own luck in pursuit of Sky Bet Championship points after defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

  • WATCH: Kal Naismith on Wigan Athletic’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion
  • Naismith says Latics need to make their own luck as they look to turn around their fortunes
  • Naismith: “It isn’t quite falling for us and we are not getting the breaks but that comes from us and we have to make our own luck really.”

Wigan Athletic’s Kal Naismith told iFollow Latics that he and his teammates have to start making their own luck as a close game with Sky Bet Championship high flyers West Bromwich Albion was decided by a Baggies side better in both boxes.

Latics were in the game for long periods but rued missed opportunities and a poor first goal conceded as their struggles on the road continued.

Reflecting post-match, Naismith said:

“We are disappointed; I thought we were well in the game. They are a top side and they had their spells but we were always in the game, especially in the second half when we had our chances.

“It isn’t quite falling for us and we are not getting the breaks but that comes from us and we have to make our own luck really.

“We started well and we are really disappointed with the first goal. The second one is a great strike from a top player and it really came at a bad time.”

Latics looked more creative in the second-half following the introduction of Callum McManaman, with Naismith linking up with the academy graduate on a couple of occasions.

“It was a change of role [for me], a bit further forward but I was disappointed to not get an assist or a goal,” Naismith continued.

“Callum was superb when he came on and credit to him because that is what you look for, you want the subs to come on and make an impact from the bench and he did that.

“He was positive and created a few chances; he was unlucky not to get a goal actually because I was behind the one that Ahmed Hegazi headed away when it was heading into the top corner.”

Naismith says it was a disappointed dressing room post-match but attention immediately turns to a trip to Swansea on Saturday.

“We always want to win, we are desperate to win and hate getting beat but every player in there gave everything against a top team,” he added.

“We have a game again on Saturday so we’ll be disappointed tonight but then we will pick ourselves up and work hard until we can get that result.”

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