Jewell in forgiving mood
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell refused to condemn Chris Kirkland and Svetoslav Todorov.
Wigan manager Paul Jewell refused to condemn Chris Kirkland and Svetoslav Todorov for the mistakes which ultimately led to his side succumbing 2-1 at Blackburn on Sunday.
The Latics were under the cosh for large periods of the match, but two crucial incidents decided the fate of the three points, with Todorov first missing a penalty which would have handed The Latics a late lead.
Kirkland's fluffed clearance then gift-wrapped Rovers' winner for Benni McCarthy, to compound the visitors' plight.
Jewell believes it could have been a different story had his side, who led from Emile Heskey's early strike, held out until half time, rather than concede an equaliser to David Bentley.
"We started very well. Going in 1-0 at half time would have been a great fillip, but the goal lifted them," said Jewell.
Jewell believes his side's luck has been out in recent times - an argument emphasised by television replays which showed McCarthy to have been offside in the build up to the match winner.
"Things are conspiring against us at the moment - I've seen the television replays and McCarthy's offside," said Jewell.
"But it wasn't a good penalty from Todorov, he probably should have scored from the rebound as well but these things happen.
"We felt for the first half we did well, but when you concede it picks the other side up and they played well in the second half."
Jewell also backed Kirkland to bounce back.
"He came in and said he made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes but he made some good saves as well," added Jewell.
"It's not dire straits, it's disappointing straits! We've got an easy one next against Manchester United so we'll be alright!"