The Latics slipped out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a disappointing 0-1 defeat to Chesterfield at Boundary Park. Boss John Sheridan couldn't hide his disappointment when he told the official site, "Yes, I'm disappointed. I wanted to win the game and do well in the competition. We weren't at the races in the first half, and were very sloppy all round. At least we came out and played quite well in the second half, but there was too much sloppiness in our game as a whole. The fringe players have a lot of hard to work to do if they're going to force me to put them in the team. I'm not having a go at them, but I was hoping one or two would come out, give me problems and force their way into my plans. I don't think that happened tonight."
"It was a cup game and a bit of an experiment for me. I made quite a few changes and threw some players in, and it just hasn't worked out. We didn't have a game plan or keep the ball in the first half, and it was a great goal from their lad. A real wonder strike. The game's gone now, and we haven't lost any points. I've now got to look at my strongest team for Saturday. That's the most important thing."