An opportunity wasted - Warne

“I’m proud of the effort and how we went toe-to-toe in the second half and I’m disappointed to come away with nothing, It was hugely frustrating for us. It was an opportunity wasted today. If we’d have got one, we may have got two. There were some outstanding performances but regrettably we come away with nothing and that’s a bitter pill to swallow.” Warne told the clubs official website.

“We were pleased to get them in at 0-0 at half-time. I thought Wigan were the better side without making our ‘keeper make too many saves,” Warne added.

“At half-time, we made our defenders play a lot higher up the pitch and our midfielders play higher to give some support to Smithy.

“I thought we were the better side in the second half. We were pushing for the goal and we had plenty of set-pieces. There was a block here and a block there and it just didn’t drop for us today against an excellent Wigan side, who played Stoke off the park last week.

“I can’t blame the players’ effort, which was phenomenal. We took an injury early on, from Sean Raggett, which was disappointing. It’s not an excuse, but I think we were a little bit jaded in the first half and it took us a bit of time to get going.”