Wigan 0 Leeds United 1: End result masks the overall match facts for Mackay

Malky Mackay.
Malky Mackay.
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Wigan boss Malky Mackay admitted the 1-0 home defeat to Leeds United on Saturday was hard to take after back-to-back away wins at Blackpool and Norwich.

“I’m just looking at the stats and we’ve had 60 per cent possession and 19 attempts on goal,” Mackay said.

“That should usually mean a victory let alone scrambling to try and get a point from it.

“In the first half I thought it was two teams trying to feel each other out.”

He added: “And we took a blow at the start of the second half.

“Looking at the boy’s pass, it certainly doesn’t go where it was supposed to, it hits Jason Pearce on the back and falls kindly for their lad.

“It’s a terrific finish to be fair to him, but from that moment I thought we had total dominance.

“And to end up with so much of the ball, in their six-yard box, and not be able to put the ball in the net is disappointing.”

It was Wigan’s first home match since Dave Whelan stepped down as chairman and the 78-year-old addressed the stadium before the game to voice his thanks to the fans and ask them to get behind his successor – and grandson – David Sharpe.

“His legacy will always be here,” added Mackay.

“He is a terrific man and someone who will always be Mr Wigan.

“He’s put his heart, soul and finances into the club and it was a fitting tribute to him before the game.”

Wigan travel to Rotherham next Saturday, March 14.