Last night’s Under 21 game at the DW Stadium saw Latics edged out by Sheffield Wednesday as the visitors scored either side of Rakish Bingham’s slotted finish.
Dennis Lawrence believes that the first half cost them but drew positives from the second half performance.
“In the second half we tried to step it up and do things a bit quicker and it worked because we had a lot of possession but, we just couldn’t find that crucial goal.
“The positive is that we had a pretty decent second half but we just let the opportunity go by us.
“We need to try and learn from the game as quickly as possible and make sure we are ready for our next game.”
Latics conceded two goals within seven first half minutes, something which Lawrence said was a lack of concentration.
“In the first half we didn’t go about it in the right way and we were a bit slow in our reactions to certain situations.
“We allowed Sheffield Wednesday to work harder than us and I think that’s why we conceded the two goals in the first half.
“We’re just disappointed with the reaction towards equalising, we should have kicked on from there but we dropped back into a bad rhythm and then conceded a second.”
On the equaliser from Bingham Lawrence added:
“It was good play for the goal and Nouha (Dicko) was a threat all evening.
“For him to be unselfish and square it to Rakish was a nice touch and it was rewarded with a well-placed finish from the striker.”