Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, Marc-Antoine Fortune admitted fine margins determined the result and demanded a quick turnaround for Thursday’s Europa League game against Zulte Waregem.
The striker said:
“It’s always tough when you lose, but it’s even tougher when we had the chances to take the lead in the game.
“There are very fine margins in the Championship and we knew it would be a difficult match, the way the game was going there was always only going to be one goal in it.”
On bouncing back from defeat straight away he added:
“Bouncing back is the most important thing in football and we've got an opportunity to do that.
“We’ve got another game on Thursday in the Europa League and it’s at home so we have to prove to our fans that we can be much better.
“We’re fortunate to have that opportunity and hopefully if we win it can be a boost for both our European and domestic chances.”
Focussing on the performance against Brighton on Saturday Fortune said:
“We created some good openings in the first half and as the time went by without a goal the game became a lot more difficult.
“It’s such a shame; I think if we had scored first we would have won the game because we looked like we were doing well.
“We’ve got to find a cutting edge otherwise we’re going to concede goals because our opponents will not feel the pressure of playing us.”
Latics are yet to collect any points following international fixtures so far this season, but they now face a clear run of matches until March, something which Fortune says will benefit the team.
“We’ll keep fighting, this is a long season, and we’ve got many chances to win ahead of us.
“Every time we come back after international fixtures we don’t perform to the standards we demand from ourselves.
“We can’t make excuses now because there are no international breaks and I think a long run of games for us can be very good.
“I think we’ll be there at the end of the season because we have the potential to start up a run of consecutive wins now that we won’t have big breaks in fixtures.
“We’ve got the desire to stay close to the top teams and in our next few performances we have to really show what we can do.”
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