Wigan Athletic chief: Frustration only with finishing and officials - not performance
Leam Richardson admits Wigan Athletic let slip a huge opportunity to move away from the foot of League One after going down 1-0 at play-off chasers Gillingham.
The visitors dominated the majority of a niggly encounter which at times threatened to spill over, with the official visiting the technical area on several occasions to calm tensions down.
But Latics they failed to take any of a few chances - the best of which fell to striker Jamie Proctor at the beginning of the second period.
And they were made to pay a high price when Vadaine Oliver nodded home the winner from a deep cross with 14 minutes to go.
"It's tough to take, especially while the emotions are still very raw," said Richardson.
"We had enough chances to win a couple of games, and you're looking for that bit of calmness and quality to see it through.
"I thought we stood up to the task set by Gillingham, which we knew was coming.
"They play a certain way, which not everybody will agree with, but they do ask you a lot of questions.
"You've got to make sure you meet that head on, and I thought we did in the main.
"We didn't deal with one ball into the box all evening, and it cost us.
"But if you're asking me to be critical of the lads after that...I just can't be.
"They've given me everything yet again, they've left nothing out there.
"The only frustration I have is with the chances we didn't convert, and the officials for allowing the off-field antics to filter on to the field."
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