Date: 8th February 2016 at 11:42am
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Having called on the fans to be ‘part of the team’ and be positive ahead of the Wigan Athletic tie, going on to lose the game wasn’t exactly the plan for manager Nigel Adkins – especially after he’d already spoken of transfer window frustrations and the like.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Adkins was left ruing poor decision making in the match for the cause of the loss.

‘It was poor decision making that leads to the penalty going against and unfortunately Wigan grabbed the initiative. Then we concede a second soon after from our own throw-in and that’s bitterly disappointing. We speak a lot about the importance of controlling restarts and keeping possession but we didn’t and got punished. At 2-0 down we had a mountain to climb against a good Wigan side and unfortunately we struggled to find a way of breaking them down.’

With the loss coming from a three minute second half spell of madness, George Long also saved a second penalty in the game, but that was about the end of the fight and that was a disappointment for the gaffer as well.

‘Wigan play a certain way, they play with one up front and narrow in midfield as they look to keep possession, but we needed to be more ruthless when we turned the ball over up the field. Billy Sharp and Jose Baxter had chances in the first-half and we changed our shape a couple of times in a bid to get a grip of the game, but the turning point is the first penalty. It was always going to be a tight game, it was in the first-half, but we are still gifting goals and that is costing us.’

On to Doncaster and hopefully a return to form shown in December following what has been a choppy start to February after a mixed January.

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