ROBERTO Martinez felt his Wigan side shot themselves in the foot after making such a bright start against Sunderland at the DW Stadium yesterday.
And he thought this was a game that Wigan lost rather than the Black Cats won.
“We got off to a great start, but what cost us was that in a crucial period of the game – for about 20-25 minutes – when we failed to defend as well as we should have done,” said the Wigan boss.
“We lacked concentration and that was what cost us after getting in a good position by getting an early goal.
“I can’t possibly criticise my players for their second-half performance.
“They were magnificent.
“But the problem was that we had already landed ourselves in real trouble through our own failings defensively.”
After Craig Gardner had levelled from the penalty spot, Steven Fletcher scored two improbable goals to put Sunderland in the driving seat.
But the Spaniard refused to accept that the Black Cats’ clinical striker was the difference between the two sides.
“Steven Fletcher is a very good player, but Sunderland had three attempts on goal and scored three,” Martinez added.
“If you have 10 attempts on target you might score three on average so to get three goals from something like four attempts, that’s not good from us.
“Our defending needs to be better than it was against Sunderland.
“We needed to keep a clean sheet for something like 20-25 minutes and we could not do that and that is what cost us.”
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