Date:Sunday February 10 2008
The game between Wigan Athletic and Sunderland at the Stadium of Light has got a lot of people talking, the state of the pitch, the referee, Latics missed chances, the result, but the two opinions that cut the most are the managers, Steve Bruce and Roy Keane, lets see what they have to say:
Latics boss Steve Bruce
'The one thing we try and pride ourselves on and work on is our organisation and we switched off,'
'I don't think it was a foul, I have to say that and I said that to the referee.
However that doesn't make up for the fact that we've been slack for the only time in the game.
'You can take defeat but sometimes it's hard to swallow because, for me today, we were the better team.
'We haven't taken our chances and had a little bit of bad luck, we hit the post, the bar, you're talking a matter of inches, and the goalkeeper's produced a world-class save once or twice.
'You could say it wasn't our day, we deserved something out of the game.'
'The second goal what wins it, you stand there and applaud and say 'Well done son'. There's not much you can do about that.
'It's been one of those games where you look at it and think 'How on earth have we lost that?'
We came here in the cup and won 3-0 and played twice as good today. Sometimes you have to take it and battle on.
'I couldn't say much to the players apart from hard luck, they gave everything they've got, there wasn't much in it in the first half and we've come away scratching our heads and beaten 2-0.'
Sunderland boss Roy Keane
'We'll see how important this win is at the end of the season. It was a tough game.
Wigan made it hard for us and we rode our luck a little bit but I think we earned that bit of luck. We got two good goals and a clean sheet so we're fairly happy
'We've been tested by injuries but people are sick of hearing that. The players showed good character today. If you want to play for this football club, character is top of my list. There's big pressures playing for Sunderland, it's a big football club - nearly forty-four thousand today, that's brilliant.
'I can't praise the players enough. We've had our setbacks this season but they have kept going and it was a tough game today.
Wigan are a big, strong team and their set-pieces are good, I'm sure Steve Bruce might feel they are unlucky. Our second goal was worthy of winning any game, it was an outstanding strike. Over the last four or five weeks, Murphy has been one of our better players, he's a talented boy.
'The league is our priority but I'd love to be playing in the FA Cup next weekend. I spoke after Wigan beat us in the Cup and I felt quite embarrassed but the players have moved on. Four wins in a row at home has given us a chance. We're still working on our away form."
Well there you have it, both bosses feel that the Latics were a little hard done by.
Personally I dont think we will go down, we are better than most and as good as the rest of the sides in the bottom half.
Just need to keep plugging away.
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Date:Sunday February 10 2008
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