Date:Sunday September 29 2013
Latics came away from their Championship game at Watford on Saturday with nothing, despite having the ball in the net wrongly ruled out for off side and a strong penalty appeal turned away, Watford struck late in the game with a well taken goal that slapped Owen Coyle's men across the chops after looking the likely winners for most of the match
At full time both managers spoke to the media, let's take a look at what they had to say:
Latics boss Owen Coyle:
'There's no debate, James McClean's a yard-and-a-half onside. We knew at the time. Bizarre doesn't cover it.
'We were terrific today. Watford are a very good side and will challenge as we will to get back to the Premier League but to come here and give the level of performance we did with our fourth game in nine days, the players were an absolute credit.
'We lost (Marc-Antoine) Fortune [to injury in the first half] and had to change things again but it didn't affect the team because they were outstanding.
'We scored a perfectly good goal - I don't envy the referee, or the officials, their job - but at this level, we understand little fouls sometimes you'll get, sometimes you won't - but you've got to get the major decisions right.'
'We had a stonewall penalty in the second half at 0-0 when Powell's robbed Doyley, Doyley's kicked him and you know Doyley's kicked him straight away because he's put his hands up in the air. The whole stadium knew it was a penalty and it's not given.
'We should still be leaving at 0-0 and obviously the lad's finished a great goal, all credit to him, but the deflection obviously went their way so probably every bit of luck that was going went Watford's way today.
'I can't fault the players and how they went about it today. We know we've come off the wrong side of two huge decisions and both 0-0 at the time.
'There's no doubt that certainly would have put us in front and then enough to win us the game.'
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola:
'I think it was probably one of the toughest games I've had since I've been here.
'A typical game between two top teams and where the values of the teams are very similar so there's a kind of balance, equilibrium on the pitch and you just have to be patient, keep working hard and wait for your opportunity to come and try to score.
'That's exactly what happened today. Don't forget also it was the fifth game in two weeks and that counts and so the quality of the game cannot be fantastic.
'But we showed a lot of character to win this game and that is something that will be very important from now and until the end of the season.'
'We were not creating enough, they were not creating enough. They were good to be honest because they press well all over the pitch and they kept the ball quite well.
'That was the difficulty because it was difficult for us to keep the ball and it was tough to get it back today because of the quality, experience they have in the side.
'Then we tried to change it. We sacrificed one midfielder for another striker to try and change the balance and it worked - and I'm delighted.'
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Date:Sunday September 29 2013
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