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CARSON GUTTED FOR SUPPORTERS

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11:59 20th October 2013

by Nick Taylor

Goalkeeper says fans deserved more than defeat at Bloomfield Road.

Following yesterday’s 1-0 defeat away to Blackpool, Scott Carson expressed his and the team’s disappointment at sending over 2,000 Latics supporters home without a result, saying that the players owed them more.

“The supporters were fantastic and as players we always recognise that,” said the 28-year-old stopper,

“I looked across at full time and saw the fans walking out and I felt gutted for them because they travelled in their numbers and we didn’t get anything to send them back happy.

“It hurts to send the fans home with nothing and we feel very disappointed for doing so.”

Tom Ince’s 25th minute penalty proved the difference between the two sides yesterday, and Carson explained his disappointment at conceding the penalty, saying:

“I’m very disappointed to have conceded the penalty and I apologise for that, but it was one of those that is given sometimes and on other occasions isn’t.”

Describing the incident Carson added:

“The ball came through our defence and (Dan) Gosling has made his way through from midfield.

“I came out to block the ball and we both missed it, so the connection between us both from missing the ball has sent him over.”

Moving on from that moment, Carson said:

“The penalty was a kick in the teeth, but we came out in the second half and played better.

“I thought we controlled the game in the second half, we hit the crossbar twice and just didn’t have the break that we needed.”

Carson was forced into a flurry of top saves towards the end of the 90 minutes, something he said he was happy with, but added:

“It was nice to make some of the saves at the end of the game, but when you don’t get anything out of the game as a team then they’re irrelevant.

“We’re all bitterly disappointed about losing the game and it’s a really tough one to swallow.

“I don’t think we can have any excuse about what happened out there, we are left really frustrated and we know we’re a hundred times better than what we’ve shown this weekend.”

With another game on the horizon for Latics on Thursday against Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, Carson said that the team will be looking to build-up lost confidence.

“The positive for us is that we’ve got another game on Thursday, albeit in a different competition, but it means we can go again and try and re-build our confidence.

“We’ve got to be confident in ourselves, that’s been a problem and we need to sort it out.

“There’s real quality in this team there’s no doubt about that, I just think we need to express ourselves a bit more.

“If we expressed ourselves a bit more and played how we’ve shown in certain games then there are not many teams in this division that will get near us.”

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