Wigan Athletic chief rues goal 'we'd half-worked on'
Leam Richardson could not hide his frustration after Wigan Athletic conceded a late equaliser to a move they knew was coming from Wimbledon.
But the Latics boss was able to reflect on an otherwise decent night which saw Latics pick up another point to climb back out of the League One relegation zone with 11 matches to go.
It looked as though Latics were going to pick up a third win on the spin after Jamie Proctor put them ahead just before the hour mark at Plough Lane.
But George Dobson's bullet header from a right-wing cross with 10 minutes remaining - the first goal Latics have conceded in 330 minutes - ensured honours ended even.
"I think you have to take the positives from every game," acknowledged Richardson.
"I didn't think we were great in the first half overall.
"We didn't have the impetus and the forward-thinking running I felt we needed to cause them problems.
"We addressed it at half-time, the players were totally on board, and I felt we implemented that a lot more in the second half.
"I don't think tonight was ever going to be a really open, expansive game.
"It was always going to be one of those games, fair play to Wimbledon, they ask you different questions and you have to deal with it.
"They get the ball wide really quick, they like to service the box, and you have to defend your box.
"Sadly we conceded a goal that we had half-worked on, that we didn't want to allow to happen.
"But on reflection, the draw was probably a fair result and we'll take the point.
"It's another small step forward, and another game ticked off."
The result leaves Latics one point clear of fourth-bottom Northampton, ahead of Saturday's trip to Accrington.
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