The Latics fell to a 1-0 defeat at Exeter City on Saturday, the first defeat under new head coach Pete Wild in his second stint at the job. Although they had a good first half, the coach coud not hide his displeasure at the final result.
Wild said, “I was really disappointed, I thought first half we played well and were the better team against the wind. The keepers pulled up two or three good saves, but second half we couldn't back that up with the wind. Maybe people went missing, people didn't get on the ball and we didn't play through enough. For as good as we were first half, we were very disappointing second half. Maybe the pressure got to us, maybe the players haven't played in games like that. We let them dominate us. we let them get amongst us and that stopped us doing what we're good at. We've got to be braver to stop teams getting amongst us and hampering what we're good at.”
“Daniel [Iversen] had a muscle strain in his back that's gone through to his hamstring. We've been working all week after the Mansfield game to get him right and unfortunately he didn't come through, but Zeus deputised excellently. I don't think Zeus deserved to be on the losing side, he did everything to get us over the line, so fair play to him. When you've not had a lot of games during the season and you perform like that really pleases me, but unfortunately it was in vain. The plan is to get as many points in the last two games as possible, it's not a time for stopping now, we've had a good period and it's important we finish the season well. I want to give the best account of ourselves at Newport and I'll make sure we do that.”