Barrow: We need to get it right, and fast

Manchester United loanee Will Keane in action for Wigan Athletic against Leeds United
Manchester United loanee Will Keane in action for Wigan Athletic against Leeds United

CARETAKER boss Graham Barrow believes finding a blend in Latics’ attacking players is vital if the side is to bounce back from their miserable run.

The 2-0 defeat at Leeds last night was Wigan’s fourth on the bounce with them out-fought and deservedly beaten.

Once again, there were a number of missed opportunities to bemoan and Barrow insists something must click soon before Latics fall too far behind the play-off places.

“We’ve got to look at that very closely,” he admitted.

“With the potential of the attacking players we’ve got, the two lads from United and Callum McManaman and Holty and Fortune, we’ve got to get something out of them and find the right blend of two or three up front and get it right.

“They were great chances and that’s probably been the story of our last few weeks really.

“Probably the best player on the pitch would have scored them if he had had a black shirt on – McCormack – I think he would have scored for us there.

“It was a bit strange really because we’d not had much preparation time, a lot what we did we showed on the pitch particularly in the second half.

“The disappointing thing was we conceded two set-piece goals which we’ve been good on all season.

“Just maybe another disappointment was the lack of movement and lack of finishing power at the top end of the pitch. With the people we’ve got we should be doing better.”

It’s been a difficult few days for the squad with the departure of Owen Coyle.

One major difference last night was the passing display which was much-improved on previous performances. Barrow also reverted to a similar formation used by Roberto Martinez last year, using two wing-backs instead of a flat back four.

“I had a long chat with them about it and to be fair there’s quite a few players around from last year when Roberto would play a similar sytem, more of a 3-4-3, but i thought they adapted to it,” he said.

“I knew they would do, especially the back players, I thought Boycey was outstanding.

“We did knock the ball about and got between lines but didn’t get between the lines in the 18-yard box.

“It was always going to be a difficult game and I thought for an away team we created enough chances to do something, score a goal, and that might have been enough. It’s been a difficult week as you can imagine but the players, in the sessions this week and today, I couldn’t fault them for effort.”

l Latics are expected to announce the departure of Sandy Stewart today. Owen Coyle’s assistant was expected to stay on but he didn’t attend last night’s game as planned.