What the managers thought

Last updated : 04 October 2007 By The Chairman
Latics manager John Sheridan was at a loss to explain why his team succumbed to a late killer blow on Tuesday night and insisted that they didn't deserve to lose against Leeds United.

Sheridan said: "We didn't deserve that. We gave a very good account of ourselves against a very good side, and I thought we were the better team. It was very tight and both sides had chances but if anyone was to go on and win the game I thought it would be us. Sometimes you lose games and look back and think that you didn't deserve to. It's a kick in the teeth, isn't it? We've been fortunate to score one or two late goals ourselves, but it's not nice when it happens the other way. It was a very tight game and both sides had half-chances, but I thought if anyone was going to win it was us. I never like losing, but we can look at this game and say we played well and didn't deserve what we got at the end."

"We kept trying to win and, although we didn't create a lot, we gave a very good Leeds team a difficult game. I was gutted to lose, but I was pleased with the way we played and I thought there were a lot of good individual performances. The goal we conceded was too soft because we shouldn't have let the cross come in, but Leeds are very strong and it wasn't our day."

Leeds assistant manager Gus Poyet was ecstatic after the game and told the official Leeds website, "What a finish. It was great action from Seb in the build up and a top class finish from Westy. It's the way we are and the way the team keep believing. The attitude, concentration and the way they defended was all terrific and you have to congratulate the players. The lads kept believing, and we know how important it is to be together. When it's like that you keep going. I was asked afterwards if we were happy with 0-0. That's something maybe you think about if it's happened, but we were trying to win the game. So, were we happy with 0-0? No. The players deserved the congratulations because sometimes even they don't realise how important results are."

"It wasn't the best game, and there weren't too many chances. I think we had one in the first half and got a couple of crosses in the second. These are the games where you get one chance and maybe you have to take it. We were pleased to score when we did because the game was finished then. We won without Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol and that was important for the rest of the players as well. We are not only expecting them to score. We want goals from the midfield and from the back. You can't just expect two players to score. Both loan strikers did very well. They tried to work hard. We know their game and we explained that to players. It was important for them to come in, and this feeling at the moment is something we're very pleased with. We've got decisions to make but they are nice decisions."