Stubbs Pleased Despite Loss

Reserve-team manager Alan Stubbs says his side were unfortunate to go down to a 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Monday afternoon.

After James McFadden had hit the bar, an own-goal from Shkodran Mustafi and a fine strike by Danny Redmond put the visitors 2-0 up at a cold Finch Farm.

John Lundstram pulled one back for the hosts, but Wigan held on to secure what Stubbs felt was an undeserved win.

“I thought we played really well for the team we had out,” said Stubbs. “We had a very young team, apart from Faddy and Magaye Gueye, who’s still only 20.

“We had a few playing in wrong positions because of injuries and due to other lads being away on international duty and when you take all that into account I thought they did really well.

“They looked to pass the ball well and took up some really good positions in receiving the ball. They showed a lot of courage in tight areas so if they play like that every week I’ll be happy. Obviously, we’re not happy with the result, but I think Wigan will probably feel they’re not sure how they’ve won that game.”

Mustafi was unfortunate to see the ball rebound off him and into the net after Marcus Hahnemann had saved at the feet of Conor Sammon.

But Stubbs feels his team could have defended better in the build-up to the goal.

“I thought we could have done better with them getting down the side of us,” reflected Stubbs. “It’s come back and hit Shkodran for an own goal which was a bit unfortunate but I thought we could have done the initial part of it better.”

"For their second goal, Reddo, who used to be here as youngster, has curled one in with his right foot. His right foot was only for standing on at one time.

“So the goals were disappointing but overall the play and a couple of individual performances by some of our younger lads was very positive.”

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