Goal-scorer Gavin Massey on frustrating defeat for his side at Derby County on Tuesday night.
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- Massey: “It is frustrating but we are at the stage of the season where games come thick and fast and we can’t even dwell on it, we have to pick ourselves up for a big game on Saturday and a big game on Tuesday.”
Wigan Athletic forward Gavin Massey says he felt Latics played well for long periods at Pride Park on Tuesday night but the overriding thought is that Mason Bennett’s extraordinary leveller proved critical.
Reflecting post-match after his strike had given Paul Cook’s side the lead, Massey told iFollow Latics:
“We gave a good account of ourselves and I think in the first-half, after a sloppy 10 minutes or so, we were really good and grew into the game.
“We had a few chances and probably should have gone into the break at 2-0.
“In the second-half we were riding a wave a bit and we knew what they would come out and do and I thought we dealt with that well but then they score that goal and it brings the crowd up.
“I even thought then we did enough to hang on for the draw and even had a couple of chances late on. The crowd was up, though, and the second goal kills us.
“It wasn’t even a chance, he has tried to help it on, got good contact and it goes in over Jamie – it is unlucky for everyone – you just think ‘What chance have you got?’”
Continuing his assessment, Massey added:
“We had a gameplan that the gaffer planned; it was a good counter-attack and Crackers obviously did really well [for Massey’s goal]. Everything we worked on we nailed down to a tee – it was unlucky.
“It is frustrating but we are at the stage of the season where games come thick and fast and we can’t even dwell on it, we have to pick ourselves up for a big game on Saturday and a big game on Tuesday.
“Of late, we have been playing really well and I think tonight we played well too – we can’t dwell on this and we go to Reading to get three points.
“We know what we want to achieve this season, so far we are doing that and hopefully we will put in a big performance on Saturday and then take that on to Tuesday.”