Ronnie blast at stupid mistakes

RONNIE Stam says Wigan Athletic must start to learn from their own ‘stupid mistakes’ if they are to stop leaking goals and points.

Latics remain in the bottom three after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham, making it four Premier League games without a win.

They were within four minutes of a first home triumph since early November, and moving up to 15th in the table, when Andy Johnson popped up with a late leveller for the Cottagers.

And Stam warned Latics will pay a heavy price if they do not learn how to see out games.

He told the Evening Post: “It was another two points gone, and it seems to be the same story almost every week.

“We’re 1-0 up, we’re winning the game, and then we make another stupid mistake again.

“There weren’t many chances in that first half, apart from my cross which led to Hugo (Rodallega) hitting the post. That should have probably been a goal.

“But the game was going according to plan, we score a good goal to get our noses in front.

“To lose a goal again like that at the end, though – it’s unbelievable.”

After taking the lead through Rodallega, Latics found themselves dropping deeper and deeper in the second half as they tried to hold on to what they had.

Stam, though, does not believe that is where the battle was lost.

“We were sitting back because we wanted to use the space behind their defence, and I thought we did that quite well on two or three occasions,” he explained.

“Hugo and Charles (N’Zogbia) both had good chances, and it’s unbelievable we are talking again about conceding a silly goal and dropping two points.

“The three points were there for us and we let them slip by. It’s such a disappointment.

“The gaffer was very angry after the game, and he had good reason to be. We made it too easy for Fulham.”

Next up for Latics is Saturday’s trip to Arsenal, who have failed to win either of the last two Premier League matches between the two sides.

Both of those games, however, were played in the north west, and Stam accepts Latics will be up against it down in the capital.

“It’s always difficult against Arsenal, particularly at the Emirates,” he added.

“But we’ll go there with exactly the same mentality we always have, and we know it will be an open game where we will have chances.

“Everybody has to go away this week and think about their own things, and see how we can make it right.

“Hopefully we can come away with the right result at the weekend and get a run going.”