Latics midfielder Nathan Byrne gives his thoughts after his side lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.
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Wigan Athletic midfielder Nathan Byrne echoed his manager Paul Cook’s sentiments as Latics lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking post-match to iFollow Latics, Byrne said individual mistakes have to be cut out.
“Everyone is low because we thought we could come here and put a stamp on the game with the way that we play and the way that they play.
“We conceded two sloppy goals after we started the game brightly and felt it was quite an even game. We knew it would be tough but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb when we conceded two before half-time.
“We dominated the ball in the second-half and had a few chances but it was tough to come back from 2-0.
“We all know collectively we need to cut out mistakes and conceding goals in that manner because they didn’t cut us open; it was two counter-attacks from which one was a penalty.”
And Byrne added the hard work will be put in over the international break ahead of a big week of fixtures on our return to action in a fortnight, starting with a home match with Reading at the DW Stadium.
“We know we need to work hard over the two weeks to put it right,” Byrne added. “We have to get back to the training ground, work on being better defensively and not conceding goals by individual mistakes, because we create chances.
“We want to get back to winning ways and push ourselves up the table; we have a winning team capable of doing that – there is untold quality in our dressing room and we have already seen that this season.”