TIM Chow admitted the lap of appreciation at the end of Saturday’s game with Wolves was a ‘bitter-sweet’ moment for everyone connected with Wigan Athletic.
Latics ended their home campaign on a losing note, going down 1-0 to their play-off chasing opponents despite dominating the majority of the encounter.
The result virtually secured Wigan’s relegation to League One, barring a mathematical miracle.
Latics now require Rotherham to lose both of their remaining games, against Reading and Leeds, and Millwall failing to beat Wolves next weekend, to keep their hopes alive.
Even then, they’d still need the small matter of an away win at a Brentford side who need the three points themselves to retain any chance of a play-off spot.
Despite the gloomy forecast, a sizeable chunk of the home crowd stayed on after Saturday’s game to show their appreciation for the players’ efforts and vice versa.
This club doesn’t give up, it believes all the way to the endTim Chow
And Chow acknowledged there was a real feeling of ‘what-might-have-been’ about the day.
“The lap of honour was bitter-sweet to be honest,” he told the Evening Post.
“It was great for the fans to stay and clap us off, but it would have been a million times better to have had the result to go with that. We were all so disappointed with the result, because we dominated for 80 minutes of the game.
“They had one chance in the first half from which they scored, and that knocked us for 10 minutes or so.
“Apart from that I thought we played well, the lads gave everything and it didn’t quite happen for us.
“It was such a one-sided game and one we 100 per cent should never have lost, but we did and it’s so disappointing.”
Wigan’s fate will be sealed if Rotherham pick up anything against Reading tomorrow night. Chow, though, is not prepared to give up the ghost just yet.
“It’s not over,” he insisted. “We’ve still got a chance.
“We didn’t take our chance on Saturday, but there might be another opportunity if other results go our way.
“This club doesn’t give up, it believes all the way to the end. And us players will keep fighting until it’s mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We’ll be following the Rotherham game and hopefully luck will be on our side.”
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