ROBERTO Martinez admitted his side have to improve in both penalty areas after the damaging home defeat to Fulham.
Latics paid the penalty for conceding two poor goals in the 2-1 reversal at the DW.
Despite a spirited comeback, and Arouna Kone’s stoppage-time effort, they couldn’t manage to complete the comeback with Jordi Gomez and Ivan Ramis both hitting the woodwork.
Mauro Boselli somehow missed the target from six yards shortly after his introduction on the hour, while Kone also squandered a clear one-on-one opening.
And Martinez conceded they only had themselves to blame for coming away empty-handed.
He said: “It was a really open game with a lot of chances – something we can’t be happy about.
“When you get so many, whoever is going to take them is going to win.
“We had our chances and we didn’t take them.
“We need to improve in certain aspects.
“We can’t concede goals so cheaply because then it becomes very difficult to win games.
“When Jordi hits the crossbar it seems that it’s not going to be your day.
“But Arouna and Mauro’s chances were as open as you’re going to get and you need to score goals.
“What Fulham did was created a few chances - probably more than we would like.
“I thought from open play a couple of times we showed a lack of intensity in defence but we had the better chances.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose.”
Latics had gone into the game without Franco di Santo (calf) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin), while James McArthur’s recurring back injury was the reason he was left on the bench.
That gave a rare chance for Jordi Gomez and Ben Watson to start, while Ryo Miyaichi and Calum McManaman showed some promising signs off the bench in the last quarter.
“It was disappointing not to have Franco available for the game,” Martinez conceded.
“We thought he could shrug off a calf injury picked up after that tackle from Danny Welbeck last weekend at Old Trafford, but he picked up another slight knock in training which ruled him out.
“James is still recovering from his back injury and slowly he’s getting back to his full physical fitness by working very hard. We’ve got a big squad and all the players need opportunities to play and opportunities to rest also.
“Ryo and Callum came off the bench and had a contagious effect on the team, showing a positive momentum and helping to get a late goal.”