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Posted on 3 January 2009  - 12:00

It was a case of what might have been for Wigan boss Steve Bruce after our 3-1 FA Cup win on Friday night.

Opposition view

It was a case of what might have been for Wigan boss Steve Bruce after our 3-1 FA Cup win on Friday night.

He felt the big decisions went against his team but had no real complaints about the final scoreline in our favour in this third round tie at the Lane.

He also pointed to the absence of his main strikers Emile Heskey and top scorer Amr Zaki plus goalkeeper Chris Kirkland through injury.

"I thought we did okay in patches but we didn't have that real manace in the side that is normally there with Heskey and Zaki," he said.

"We shaded the first half but the big decisions went Spurs' way.

"We came here without six or seven players and it's a difficult enough place to come anyway. A club like us can't really compete without those key players but we gave it a go.

"I think if we'd have had our big-hitters it would have been a different game.

"I'm hopeful that we can have a few back for our next league game against Spurs in 10 days' time and have a go at them then."