Date: 12th April 2009 at 10:22am
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Following the game at the JJB between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal both bosses, Steve Bruce and Arsene Wenger spoke to the press, topics were the game, the goals and once again the referee, lets see what they had to say:

Latics boss Steve Bruce:

‘The referee said that Antonio (Valencia) was not in full control of the situation and therefore did not show the red card. In other words, he wasn’t getting the ball first.

‘He’s one of the fastest out there and he had a two-yard head-start on the ‘keeper, so there was only going to be one winner, and for that I can’t agree with his decision.

‘I emphasise that we still could have gone on to get beat, but it was a big turning point in the game and we were certainly in the ascendancy at that point, and it would have been even more difficult for them to comeback with ten-men.

‘The really disappointing thing for me was the second and third goal that we conceded.

‘We’re all a little bit shell-shocked. The reason why we are where we are in the league is our organisation and ability not to give much away.

‘The second and third goals hurt badly, because we’ve worked so hard to prevent things like that happening. It would be disrespectful to schoolboys to say we made schoolboy errors, but when we analyse it they were ridiculous mistakes.’

‘The more Mido plays the better I think he’ll get for us. He’s certainly put in a wonderful performance for us today and was a handful for them. We missed his presence when he went off, but all credit to him because he’s done terrifically well for us, and scored a good goal.

‘Once we were in front we needed a second goal. Ben (Watson) hit the post before half-time but we just couldn’t make our good play count.

‘Having said that you have to give credit to Arsenal as well because the stuck at it and fought us.

See the Bruce interview click here

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

“I felt that Wigan had a very strong and especially committed first half where they were well organised and the 50:50s were all for them.

‘They played very strongly and I think that slowly our technique took over and we looked dangerous every time we had the ball. The fatigue crept in a little bit for Wigan and it became logical for us to come back and make the difference.

“I was like everybody else from Arsenal; scared it could be a red card. I hoped it would be a yellow. At that moment I thought that Mikael Silvestre was behind Gibbs and I hoped it would be a yellow. I still think our goalkeeper would have got the ball – it was not a goal chance, he had pushed the ball too far.

“Our defence in the first half we were a bit on the back foot. We became stronger and stronger and in the second half was much better.”

“The whole team were not on the ball enough. We had problems getting rid of the man-to-man marking from the Wigan players. Once we took over they couldn`t maintain the pace and we became dangerous.”

See the Wenger interview click here

Well honest appraisal from both bosses even Wenger thought it was going to be a red, bad mistake there from Wiley, if you agree or disagree with the bosses thoughts why not join the debate on the message board or leave a comment below.

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