A deeply disappointed Owen Coyle pointed to a combination of refereeing decisions and an overall poor performance from his team as the cause for defeat at Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Liam Moore and a dubious penalty converted by David Nugent were the difference between the two sides on the day, and whilst Coyle was ‘baffled’ at how his team were not awarded a spot kick in the first half, he also expected more from his players, as he explained:
“It was a frustrating day, but we’re always honest in our assessment of a performance and today we didn’t play well enough and conceded a first goal from a set piece where designated markers should have tracked the run of their goalscorer.
“We have to do better than that, but the other frustrating aspect of the game was the amount of decisions that went against us.
“Marc-Antoine Fortune was clearly pushed inside the area during the first half but no penalty was awarded and after speaking with the officials was told that yes he was pushed but with not enough contact to warrant a spot kick.
“It’s baffling an hugely disappointing to have those decisions go against you and then see a penalty awarded for the home side which shouldn’t have been.
“Their man has got on the wrong side of Jean Beausejour who has tried to pull out of making contact, but the attacker has left his foot in and gone to ground.”
The Gaffer went on to stress his point that more effort is required in future and hopes the game serves as a lesson for his team:
“We can’t hide a performance that wasn’t good enough. We looked better in the second half and looked to be the team in the ascendency before the penalty was awarded.
“There are lessons to learn for all the players, we can’t just expect to turn up, walk onto the pitch and wait for things to happen for us.
“You have to earn your results at this level, and for me we didn’t do enough to reach the standards we know we’re capable of.
“To have three or four players performing to a decent level is not enough; we made three substitutions and to be honest if I could have made more I would have.
“We need to be coming to places like this with the intention of taking all three points and I hope the players are hurting as much as I am and as much as I expect the fans are.
“With had another fantastic turnout from the supporters who have travelled a long way and paid good money to see their team and they deserve better.”