Wigan Athletic chief bemoans 'individual errors' after Luton Town setback

Kolo Toure admitted 'individual errors are costing' Wigan Athletic any chance of moving away from the foot of the table after Luton Town ran out 2-0 winners at the DW.

Harry Cornick took advantage of a mistake by Steven Caulker to put the Hatters in front on 11 minutes.

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REPORT: Wigan Athletic 0 Luton Town 2
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And after Ashley Fletcher had seen a brilliant header disallowed for offside, Elijah Adebayo got the better of Curtis Tilt too easily to secure Luton's second win on this ground in four days.

Luton ran out deserved 2-0 winners at the DW

It was a disappointing debut for Christ Tiehi, who received international clearance to play before the game, with Caulker and Miguel Azeez tasting defeat on their home bows.

"We had two of our new signings (Tiehi and Azeez) starting for the first time in the middle of the park, and it will take time for that connection to come," acknowledged Toure.

"I thought in the first 20 minutes they were looking for each other, and during that time we conceded another cheap goal.

"When that is the case, it is very difficult for you.

"After the first 20 minutes, I thought things got better, the link-up play got better, and we were on the front foot as the game entered the second half.

"We were putting them under pressure, but then we conceded another cheap goal.

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"We have to be more ruthless in both boxes.

"We did manage to score a good goal, but unfortunately it was disallowed for offside.

"I don't know if it was offside, it was very close, but that is the way things are going for us.

"The boys are continuing to give me everything, that is never in doubt.

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"But individual errors are costing us any chance in games.

"Confidence is everything, and when you are in a moment when you are not winning games, individual mistakes hurt you a lot.

"We have to keep working hard, we have to keep believing, and we have to make sure the new players settle as quickly as they can.

"I am sure that things will get better, because I can see the progress in the team.

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"The players are continuing to fight, but we need to work on those little moments that are costing us."

The afternoon started badly when Cornick took advantage of a mistake from Caulker – recalled to the starting XI – to open the scoring via a huge deflection.

Latics thought they’d equalised midway through the first half when Ashley sent a bullet header off Charlie Hughes’ brilliant cross into the top corner.

However, the celebrations were soon muted with the flag up for offside on the far side.

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And Luton doubled their advantage nine minutes after the restart when Adebayo slotted past an exposed Amos.

The problems at the club were shown by the loud booing for the decision to bring off young Hughes and Miguel Azeez – two of Latics’ better performers – to make way for Thelo Aasgaard and Callum Lang.

There were more boos at the end, with Latics now winless in their nine matches since Toure took charge.

One of the few positives was the performance of midfielder Christ Tiehi on his debut, after joining on loan from Slovan Liberec.