UWE Rosler admits there will be plenty of soul-searching in the Wigan Athletic camp after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bolton.
Latics underperformed in most areas at the Reebok, and had to rely on an 88th-minute equaliser from Nick Powell to avoid back-to-back defeats under Rosler for the first time.
Incredibly, having got out of jail, Latics came within a whisker of winning the game when they were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage-time.
Jordi Gomez stepped up to the plate, but saw his spot-kick brilliantly saved by Adam Bogdan to ensure honours ended even.
However, Rosler acknowledged that the point had merely papered over the cracks.
“Everybody has to look at the performance - including me, in terms of my team selection,” Rosler recognised.
“Should I be happy? Should I be disappointed? I don’t know.
“We had some experienced players, some top players, out there who couldn’t handle the derby situation, and got nervous after they scored.
“We are disappointed in ourselves. We should have played a lot better from the start.”
Inspired by substitutes Callum McManaman, Jack Collison and Nick Powell, Latics finished by far the stronger.
But Rosler was left to bemoan a disappointing first hour that could have seen the Trotters out of sight had it not been for a sparkling show from Ali Al Habsi.
“I was happy with the changes we made and the fact we put ourselves in a position to win it at the end,” Rosler added. “That shows the spirit is sky high.
“The substitutions lifted us massively, and overall we have to take the point.
“It was very important to get something out of the game.
“But we have to play better against Leicester on Tuesday than this, because we’re playing the best team in the division.”