Moore pleased with miserable performance

Last updated : 23 January 2006 By The Chairman
Latics boss Ronnie Moore was pleased with the 2-0 win over Gillingham even though the performance was miserable. He told the official website, "I will always take the result rather than the performance. I would love us to play like Real Madrid but sometimes you have to win scruffy, and that's what we did. The first half was dire and there was no atmosphere. We never set about them with any sort of tempo. It looked like the players were waiting for someone else to do something. With minutes to go it looked like a nailed-on draw and I am disappointed that we didn't set the pace at home."

"I thought we were the better side in the second half, but we couldn't be any worse than what we were in the first half. I am just happy that we have closed the gap on the play-offs, we just have to keep chipping away. You don't want to know what I said to the players at half-time, but it wasn't very nice or complimentary to an awful lot of players. The substitutions certainly helped and I put Hally (Chris Hall - pictured) on before Luke Beckett basically to give us a bit of pace to see if we could get behind them. We always knew if that didn't work we had Luke to come on and as it worked out. He got himself two goals as we always knew he can. But even at 2-0 we gave Gillingham two opportunities to try to get back into the game and that disappointed me. Monday or Tuesday next week people will have forgotten how badly we played, it is about winning games. It was drab and dire, there is no doubt about that and the crowd let us know as well. It is a relief when you win games and other results went for us so it put us in a stronger position."