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Tom's lament at Latics loss

Tom Huddlestone admitted the lads were ‘angry’ after the defeat against Wigan on Saturday.

Wigan’s system of three central defenders in a 3-4-3/5-2-3 line-up caused us problems as we struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.

The visitors won it with the only goal of the game from Ben Watson in the 56th minute.

Steven Caulker saw a header cleared off the line but otherwise Latics’ goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi was only troubled from distance with Gareth Bale, Jan Vertonghen and Clint Dempsey all thwarted.

“Wigan made it difficult for us,” reflected Tom, who made the 300th appearance of his career. “They are one of few teams that play three at the back and they utilised it well.

“We just didn’t turn up. They defended well but equally, we’ve got to work harder to create options.

“Normally at home we’ll create three or four chances and stick one or two away, but I don’t think we created a half-decent effort on goal.”

Asked how the players were in the dressing room, Tom added: “The lads were angry in there. We’ve seen teams drop points and we could have cemented fourth.

“At home, we fancy ourselves against anybody, we have for a while, but to create so few chances was very disappointing.”