McCarthy - Poor start cost us

Wigan Athletic v Chelsea: Jordi Gomez rues missing with a scissor kick
Wigan Athletic v Chelsea: Jordi Gomez rues missing with a scissor kick

JAMES McCarthy admits Wigan Athletic ‘shot ourselves in the foot’ as they got their Premier League campaign off to a losing start at the DW yesterday.

New-boy Ivan Ramis had a debut to forget as early goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard secured a 2-0 victory for European champions Chelsea.

Try as they might, Latics couldn’t take advantage of some decent possession to muster a response. And McCarthy says they only have themselves to blame.

“There were positives there, but it doesn’t mean a lot when you lose like we did,” McCarthy told the Evening Post.

“We shot ourselves in the foot. We conceded two crazy goals. It killed us. You can’t switch off at this level like we did – we let them in twice, I just couldn’t believe it to be honest.

“When you’re playing the European champions, you need to be at your best to even compete. It’s bad enough to give them a one-goal lead, but when you’re giving them two goals inside the first five minutes it’s a mountain to climb.

“Even when we went 2-0 down we had chances to get back into the game, and if we could have got one back it would have really opened the game up.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get one, it just wouldn’t go in.”

Next up for Latics is a trip to Southampton next weekend, and McCarthy recognises the need to bounce back. “Today was obviously disappointing, but we’ve got to put it out of our heads as quickly as possible and concentrate on Southampton,” he added.

“We always tend to get the new teams early on, and we’ll have to match their enthusiasm.

“We know what’s expected.”

Roberto Martinez confirmed after the game that Conor Sammon is in talks with unnamed Championship club – believed to be Derby – about a permanent transfer.