WIGAN Robin Park crashed out of the FA Cup after an agonising 1-0 defeat at sun-kissed Padiham on Saturday.
In a close-fought game the Robins can count themselves unlucky to fall at the first hurdle.
Robins’ keeper and assistant-manager Jay Foulds said: “How we didn’t get something out of the game I will never know.
“Football is about taking chances and we didn’t do that in the second half.”
“To miss four glorious chances is not good enough and we got punished with Padiham’s only effort of the second half,” added the baffled Foulds.
Foulds believes that despite the disappointing result the loss may stand the team in good stead for future fixtures.
“We will take the positives from the game. We are creating chances and don’t look out of place considering we have stepped up a level. We are now focused on Tuesday’s game against AFC Blackpool.”
Playing down the slope the home side shaded the first half – simply due to the amount of possession they had and the officials giving them the majority of 50/50 decisions.
The second-half was all Robins as Phil Howard, Ryan Small and Shaun Judge all went close early on.
On the hour mark Colin Quirk threaded a superb ball through to Small who was upended by Martin Parkes just outside the area and as the last defender Parkes saw red.
Moments later Howard had a great chance to give the Robins the lead but he failed to beat the keeper.
Andy Neafcy then had the best chance of the game minutes later. Small put a great ball onto his head but with just Mark Crossley, the Padigam keeper, to beat he headed over the bar.
On 78 minutes Padiham hit a free-kick into the area where an unmarked Ben Allen knocked the ball past Jay Foulds to put the Storks ahead.
Wigan had a huge shout for a penalty in the eighth minute of added time when a Padiham defender appeared to handle the ball only for the officials to wave away the Robins’ protests.
Kick-off for the North West Counties Premier Division game against AFC Blackpool at the Arena is 7.45pm.
On Saturday the Robins are again at home when they face Alsager Town. Kick-off is 3pm.