Bitter taste to end with - Wigan Athletic chief

Leam Richardson admitted the final-day defeat to Swindon Town had left a bitter taste in the mouth for Wigan Athletic - despite the season having already been a resounding success.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 9:56 am
Leam Richardson

Latics had looked good value to finish on a high as they led 3-1 on the hour mark, thanks to goals from Curtis Tilt, Will Keane and Zach Clough.

But the hugely-controversial 66th-minute sending-off of Tilt following an innocuous tangle with Tyler Smith turned the game on its head.

And three goals inside the last 13 minutes saw Swindon leave with a win they didn't deserve.

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"It's disappointing, because you want to end the season on a real positive," acknowledged Richardson.

"The club's been taken over, we've managed to retain our League One status, and you're hoping to round things off with a win for everyone connected to the club.

"We played well but we just didn't have that cutting edge to put the game to bed when we were on top.

"The lads were enjoying themselves, and my message at half-time was that there was only one thing missing from the performance - and that was more goals.

"For all our dominance, for all our final-third entries, their goalkeeper didn't really have to make that many saves.

"We started to do that at the start of the second half, and I thought we were good value for the 3-1 lead.

"And the game's obviously changed on a sending-off, which I've not seen again myself, but I'm led to believe is very soft.

"We're not so sure it was even a free-kick, and to see the red card come out, it's hard to take.

"Even from there though, we can't go to pieces like that, we can't concede the goals we did, we can't concede four goals at home.

"We've got to be better, we've got to manage the game better, we've got to see it through from there.

"It's disappointing, it's so disappointing, but the main thing is we're here to fight another day, and that's always been the most important thing.

"This group of lads have done unbelievably well in an unbelievable situation this season, they're come out on top, and that's the most important thing to take away."

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