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The Reaction: Wigan Athletic 0 Blues 0

Posted: Thu 26 Dec 2013
Author: Andy Walker

The Reaction: Wigan Athletic 0 Blues 0

Image by: Press Association

Blues boss Lee Clark and midfielder Tom Adeyemi give their thoughts on the goalless draw with the Latics at the DW Stadium.

Lee Clark on Jesse Lingard's sending off...

"I was actually talking to the fourth official when it happened because I thought the first tackle was a foul on Jesse and then it looks like he has reacted to not getting the resulting free-kick.

"I didn't actually see the incident but the boy hasn't said that it wasn't a red card when we've gone in the dressing room. He's very apologetic and he's a young player, we make mistakes in the heat of the moment and he showed his passion and commitment. He's took it a little bit over the edge if he has committed a foul that's worthy of red card but he's been terrific for us. 

"If it is a foul once I see it then we're not condoning it if he got what he deserved. We'll take that on the chin."

Clark on the result...

"We deserved the point and, in the first-half, we deserved to be in the lead. We were the dominant team, passing the ball well and pressing well but we didn't kill them off with one or two opportunities we had in the final third.

"Obviously when we go down to ten men against a side playing with a lot of confidence like Wigan then it was always going to be tough. My players have shown terrific resilience again and I think I'm right in saying that's four clean sheets from five games. 

"If it had stayed eleven v eleven then I was confident that my team would have gone on to win. But when it's ten v eleven when you're away from home, you'll certainly take a point."

Clark on eight games unbeaten... 

"It is hard work and it's the basis of being hard to beat. But as we showed in the first-half today, we've got some talented footballers at the top end of the pitch. We worked really hard to win the ball back high up and we created some good opportunities. We could have done better on one or two occasions and if it had stayed eleven v eleven then we could have gone on to win and deservedly so. 

"We've got another tough away game (against Blackburn Rovers) in a couple of days time. This will be a tough one to recover from because those lads that had to stay on for he 30 minutes when we were a man down, it will tell on them so our recovery is huge. 

"There will have to be one or two changes at Blackburn because of fatigue."

Tom Adeyemi on the team's performance...

"We worked hard enough to keep them in front of us and limit them to long range shots and balls into the box. It wasn't comfortable but we all believe that we were able to do enough to keep them at bay. We felt we were on top in the first-half and we pressured them really well. 

"We won the ball high up the pitch on a few occasions but unfortunately we didn't have that killer pass or the quality of the ball into the box wasn't quite there today. We have to be happy with what we got out of the game. 

"We do have that belief in ourselves to keep teams at bay and we just need to work hard to do enough to create the opportunities to allow us to turn these draws into wins. 

"We are proud of the fact that we've been unbeaten for quite a few games now, even if some of them are draws. When you come to places like Wigan, who were recently a Premier League team, then some would take a draw as a great result."