Graham Barrow praised the efforts of his team and the travelling supporters at Elland Road, where Latics slipped to defeat despite a spirited performance.
Goals from Ross McCormack and Jason Pearce either side of half time settled the game, whilst chances for the likes of Will Keane and Emmerson Boyce were spurned.
Barrow reflected on the game, saying:
“I found the most surprising aspect of the game is the fact that we conceded both goals from set pieces, because that is one area which we’ve been very strong in recently.
“But I can’t fault the lads in terms of effort and dedication, the problem is that this league gives you so little preparation time and that maybe cost us a little.
“I was pleased to see us moving the ball around a little better and all that is needed now is to improve in the final third – we need to get the strikers up and running and scoring goals.
“There was a change in style but I had confidence that the players would adapt to it and that’s just what they did.
“Overall, I’m pleased we competed but disappointed we’ve not got something from the game with the amount of play we had.
“We’ve got a little more time to get ready for our next game and hopefully we can continue to show the good things we saw in the second half.”
With games coming thick and fast over the festive period, Barrow called for everyone associated with the club to remain strong and do their bit to pull through the tough spell:
“Right now the whole club has to stick together, we’ve been in these situations before and we know we’ll come through it soon enough.
“The players and staff have been tremendous, and I thought the supporters were fantastic tonight once again.
“We’ve got a tough game now on Saturday at Millwall and that’s the only thought on our mind right now – we’ll all come together once again and do everything we can to turn things around.”