The Latics’ nine-game unbeaten streak in the Championship came to a conclusion on Saturday after much defeat at Griffin Park
Leon Balogun has admitted that Wigan Athletic weren’t at their finest after putting up with a 3-0 loss to Brentford on Saturday.
The Super Eagles centre-back could not help Paul Cook’s side at Griffin Park as he suffered a groin injury which forced him off in the sixth minute.
In his absence, Algeria’s Said Benrahma handed Wigan their first defeat since February 8 with his hat-trick and Balogun thinks the game didn’t reflect the team’s recent form.
“It was a tough afternoon. I know a lot of people will blame it on the circumstances that we’re in at the moment, but I felt throughout the week ever since we got this news, that the team spirit was high,” that he told the club web site.
“We just have to face it and start to become honest that people did not show the Wigan that we’ve worked to be in the past nine games. That was not us today, sometimes you’ve got to put your hand up and admit that.
“Another big game is coming on Wednesday, the first of five very big games.
“At this time around I’d like to make use of this opportunity to take everybody’s minds off that because the the reality is that we aren’t in control of the finances, we’re not accountable for the administration, that is not our job. Our job is on the pitch so that as I stated before, we were just not onto it 100% today.
“We have had an unbelievable run over the last nine games. We are determined as a group, but we were not able to switch it on like we did in those nine games.”
The defeat moved Wigan down to 16th in the Championship table with six points above the relegation zone.
During the week, the Latics entered administration and the Nigeria international who recently penned a short-term deal has reacted to the situation, praising the support the team has received from fans so far.
“We have obtained a lot of support. I heard before the game from my girlfriend that the fans had raised £60,000 before kick off,” he continued.
“I have seen it on Twitter and Instagram and we all have been aware of what the fans are doing, it just means given that being collective as friends, as employees of the club, as fans, show that we are one big family and keep the momentum going after today.
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“It’s £100,000 within just 24 hours. It’s very, very touching and at the same time, again, it’s yet another reason for people to concentrate on doing our jobs properly in the way we’ve done in the nine games before today.
“The the reality is that we continue to be in a very good position as players, so we should you need to be focused on doing everything that is our get a grip on and be sure that we give 100%. That’s what the lads are getting to do, I know that.
“I can’t speak for anybody, but I know with the things I have felt this week, the staff and the manager have given us some excellent speeches. He’s given us the right confidence.”