Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Monday April 5 2010
Wigan Athletic lost at Fulham yesterday after leading 1-0 at half time courtesy of Jason Scotlands first Premier League goal for the Latics, unfortunately a couple of lapses of concentration cost dearly as Fulham were gifted two goals and ultimately the three points.
After the game both managers spoke to the press, lets see what they had to say for themselves:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
'If you drop your concentration in games like we did in the second-half you'll get punished in this league, we came to Fulham with a brave and positive approach, worked very hard and got our noses in front. Then, all of a sudden, two lapses of concentration in the second-half really cost us.
'It's disappointing because our performance deserved more, but it was a self-inflicted defeat and that's the hard part to take.
'We knew Fulham were going to push us for an equaliser after the break and we conceded through our own faults.
'You have to stay concentrated in those circumstances and stay on top of the game.
'The hardest part of the game is to get in-front, which we did. But after that we gave two goals away and made it difficult to get back into the game.
'We had to change things round a few times to try and find new ways through Fulham.
'They were getting behind the ball quickly which made it difficult to expose them, and I don't think we got into the right positions enough after going behind to threaten them.
'When you're outplayed and opened up by teams you accept that you were second-best, but to gift the opposition two goals that lose you the game is difficult to take.'
The one big highlight of the day was Jason Scotland's first league goal for Wigan Athletic; a clean left-footed strike that Mark Schwarzer couldn't deal with, and the gaffer was delighted for the striker;
'Scoring from open-play against Fulham is not an easy task, and so I was delighted with his strike.
'Jason deserves that for the hard-work he's done in every role he's played.
'Getting the first-goal in a game is always important and so we're all delighted for Jason, it's just a shame it couldn't have been rewarded with three points to go with it.'
To watch the Martinez interview visit bbc.co.uk
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
'The first-half performance was way below the levels we set ourselves, but I know how much our players are putting into the Europa League matches and I wasn't surprised.
'But the players dug deep, and that speaks volumes for their character.
'Bobby Zamora is suffering with a kicked achilles, but I'll be very disappointed if he isn't fit to face Wolfsburg.'
To watch the Hodgson interview visit bbc.co.uk
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Date:Monday April 5 2010
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