ALI Al Habsi refused to blame the international break for Wigan Athletic’s latest defeat.
Latics extended their winless streak to six with a 2-1 defeat at Swansea, despite Emmerson Boyce’s magnificent late backheeled volley.
Arouna Kone saw what appeared to be a perfectly-good ‘equaliser’ chalked off for offside, but in truth Latics weren’t at their best and the hosts were good value for their win.
The result means Latics have still won only once in over three years following an international break.
But No.1 Al Habsi doesn’t believe the fact eight of Wigan’s starting line-up had been away with their countries was a mitigating factor.
“We had a few players away but I don’t think the loss was down to the international break,” he told the Evening Post.
“I thought that we started quite well, we felt we were in control of the first half and they didn’t get into our box much.
“They scored two goals out of nowhere and we were up against it, and we responded as a team and were unlucky not to get anything out of it.”
After a relatively even first half, Swansea flew out of the blocks in the second period.