Bruce rues luck after defeat

26 April 2009 07:46
Steve Bruce thought fate was against Wigan after they lost to Blackburn on Sunday.[LNB] The Latics boss, whose side fell to goals by Benni McCarthy and Ryan Nelson at Ewood Park, praised his team's efforts but felt the luck was with Sam Allardyce's men.[LNB]Bruce told Sky Sports 1: "The one thing we've been rattling on about all week is that we must defend set-pieces, corners, free-kicks and the second one you sometimes have to say it's a fantastic delivery.[LNB]"First one we should do better, we know that. I think if we'd played until midnight we wouldn't have scored today. It's very frustrating that we haven't taken anything from the match."[LNB]There were shouts for obstruction on both goals by Wigan players, but Bruce shrugged off suggestions that goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was fouled on either count.[LNB]DissapointedAnd the Latics boss also praised Rovers' defender-cum striker Christopher Samba for being a real handful for the visitors. Bruce added: "I think Chris will be disappointed (with conceding today). [LNB]"We expect that there's a 6"7" guy in there who's up there to cause himself a nuisance and to be fair to the lad, we might mock it, he was a handful for us and they played it into his strengths and put it in there and caused us problems all afternoon, especially from set-pieces."[LNB]It is now three defeats in a row for Wigan, who are in danger of letting a fantastic season end in uninspiring fashion, but Bruce still feels his team can finish strongly.[LNB]"It's up to us, we've seen enough today," he added. "I couldn't think anyone who watched the game would say we didn't show a bit of commitment and a bit of energy." [LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports