The Latics fell to their 13th home defeat of the season on Saturday, despite having the lion’s share of possession it was in the final third that we were let down once again.
With just two attempts on target from 11 efforts the problem is there for all to see, a lack of real quality up top has plagued us all season and is the main reason why we will be playing League 1 football next campaign.
In contrast Wolves were restricted to just three efforts, all of which hit the target and importantly one hit the back of the net.
There was a disallowed goal for the Latics and a genuine penalty appeal for handball, the Wolves player had both arms above his head, referee James Linnington waved the claim away though.
After the game both bosses spoke to the media, let’s take a look at what they had to say:
Latics boss Gary Caldwell – ‘I’m obviously disappointed with the result
‘In the first-half I thought we were excellent; we started the game exactly how I asked the players to do.’
I changed the shape and we worked very hard on it during the week and they got it perfect for about 25 minutes and caused them a lot of problems with them causing us no problems and we knew that would happen with the three at the back for us against their two strikers.
‘Then we lose a crazy goal from a set-piece that we don’t defend properly and that seems to be the story of our season.
‘I don’t think they were in our box until that point; we were in total control of the game and the goal set us back for ten or 15 minutes.’
‘I thought at the end of the first-half we regained our composure, started to control the game again, and had large possession in their half, without really threatening their goal’
‘In the second half, we changed it, tried to throw men on and go for it but the game became very open and a bit scrappy, in the situation we’re in we had to do that, though.
‘I’ve said to the players that the effort and the application was there again and they carried out the game plan but without being as effective in both boxes as we’d like.’
‘To win any game you need to defend and you need to score a goal and that was the only part of the game that we didn’t do today.
‘I still think we can better at creating more clear-cut opportunities when we have that dominance in the game but again it’s something we’ll work on and we will get better at in the future.’
‘The first 25 minutes when we were really on the front foot, the atmosphere took me back to the Premier League days when I was playing’
‘I could feel that momentum coming and I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the result for them. We need them to keep backing us, I’m sure they can see progress and they’ll be a lot more by the first game on next season.
‘We need a lot of results to go our way and we need to win at Brentford but while there is still hope then we’ll keep believing and working hard to take this club forward in the style of football we want.’
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett – ‘It was a very good clean sheet and also very good to get the winner from a set piece.
‘It was hard-fought and was a feisty game with a lot of confrontation on quite a tough pitch.
‘It was a competitive game, Wigan came out fighting as you would expect as they are giving everything they can to try and stay up.
‘So it is a great win for us at this stage of the season.
‘They got both centre halves up at the end with Pearce and Maguire and had a lot of physical presence and were throwing everything at us.
‘We withstood things well and I was delighted with us defensively to come through and keep a clean sheet.
‘In the second half we had some chances to have gone further ahead. I was always looking for that second goal to give us breathing space and we had opportunities but Carson made some good saves and we were slightly wasteful at other times.
‘I was proud of the players – the spirit and the effort and defending they showed today was excellent and to get the win was very pleasing.’