Tyler Roberts defiant after Leeds United's defeat and 'fluke' Wigan Athletic winner

TYLER ROBERTS said Leeds United would not stay deflated by Saturday's 1-0 loss at home to Wigan Athletic in which the Wales international felt his Whites definitely deserved all three points.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 12:59 pm

Nine months after derailing United's promotion bid with a 2-1 win at Elland Road on Good Friday, relegation-battling Wigan after left Yorkshire with all three points as Joe Williams' 60th-minute corner deflected off Pablo Hernandez past Kiko Casilla.

United once again dominated possession with 76 per cent of the ball and created a host of chances but 18 attempts at goal with five on target failed to yield a single breakthrough.

The defeat - a fourth league loss from Leeds' last eight league games - saw United's cushion in the automatic promotion spots cut to three points by third-placed Fulham with the Whites having been 11 points clear of third in December.

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WE'LL PULL THROUGH: Leeds United duo Tyler Roberts, right, and Stuart Dallas look on during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.

Roberts, though, who made a positive impact when returning from injury as a second-half substitute, felt his men were extremely hard done by with the Wales international refusing to panic.

"We deserved the three points, I don't think anyone can argue that," said Roberts.

"Wigan have come and they have had their game plan but we have still dominated possession and we have created more chances so I don't think it's fair for them to get the three points but that's football.

"We have dominated the whole game throughout and I think we do that in most of our games that we play.

WE'LL PULL THROUGH: Leeds United duo Tyler Roberts, right, and Stuart Dallas look on during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic. Photo by Bruce Rollinson.

"Obviously, the chances haven't gone in but every team has them days and with every team sometimes it just doesn't go for them and that was us today.

"Of course everyone was frustrated in the changing rooms.

"But I know the spirit of the boys and I know the gaffer won't let us be down for too long so we will be focusing straight away, back in on Monday and focusing on Saturday."

United winger Jack Harrison went closest to opening the scoring in the first half when hitting the post after just five minutes.

The winger also squandered a fine chance from a Patrick Bamford cross while Bamford and Helder Costa also had decent chances to put Leeds in front.

United's dominance then continued after the break but Wigan scored the only goal of the game with their first attack of the second half when Williams' deflected corner beat Whites 'keeper Casilla and dipped into the top right.

Thereafter Leeds continued to push for an equaliser but more opportunities were squandered as the habit of missing goalscoring chances and conceding at set pieces again cost United dear.

Asked how frustrating those two common themes were, Roberts insisted: "It's frustrating, of course, any goal going in.

"Set pieces, I think obviously we can admit that is maybe a little weakness of ours but we work on them and that one today I don't really think you can count as us losing our men or something like that. It's just one of them flukey goals that's happened."

On United missing more chances, Roberts said: "I don't think you can look too deep into it.

"People score chances, people miss chances, teams have them days and I just think that was one of them for us today."

For Wigan, the victory proved just a second away win of the season and only a third in the last nine months.

Two of those have come at Elland Road but Roberts dismissed suggestions that his side would be glad to see the back of the Latics.

"Obviously with last season it's not a nice feeling to have for them to come here and get another three points," said Roberts.

"But I would love to play them again and prove to everyone that we are better than them, that we can beat them and it's just one of them things."