St Ledger: Millwall struggled to cope with "slick" Wigan

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

SEAN St Ledger credited Wigan for their impressive performance after they overcame a resilient Millwall side at Wembley on Saturday.

The Latics, who had 68 per cent of possession on a large pitch at the national stadium, made their Premier League quality tell, scoring fine goals through Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman.

And while St Ledger was disappointed to see the Lions knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, he conceded that 2-0 had been a fair result.



"We probably lost to the better side – they kept the ball for the majority of the game," he said. "I have not seen the statistics but I imagine they were in their favour. They played very well.

"It was raining and the pitch was greasy so that helped their passing game – they were very slick. But the boys and the club can be very proud of how far they've got.

"Their second goal came when we were on top. It was the worst possible time to concede. We were thinking we could get a goal back and possibly go on to nick it, but they scored and that deflated us.



"The way they kept the ball made is difficult for us to get two goals back – the angles they create and the way that they move. It was difficult. At times it felt like we were chasing shadows.

"When you're 1-0 down in the second-half, you have nothing to lose so you go for it. We've had a go and that's a positive. I thought the referee gave them a lot of decisions."

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16 thoughts on “St Ledger: Millwall struggled to cope with "slick" Wigan

  • April 14, 2013 at 13:27
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    St ledger had a mare he was shocking

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  • April 14, 2013 at 16:06
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    Cb playing cm. we played 3 cms 2 of which are defenders and 1 can't pass wind, no wonder we were chasing shadows. Wrong team selection from kj went to not get thumped rather than trying to actually win the game.

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  • April 14, 2013 at 20:21
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    Two very good remarks. St. Ledger was a weak link.

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  • April 14, 2013 at 22:10
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    He wasn't very good yesterday, but he was playing out of position. He is a central defender FFS! Why did we play (effectively) seven defenders yesterday?

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  • April 15, 2013 at 00:39
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    It was cowardly.

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  • April 15, 2013 at 04:18
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    It wasnt cowardly at all. It is simple stuff really if you actually understand the game. They have better players, who can hit you on the counter attack with pace and skill. We have a slow defence and not as good quality players. so what's the answer? Go all out guns blazing from the 1st minute and possibly get smashed, or try to stay in the game and keep it tight whilst trying to frustrate the opponent by being resilient? Like I say it's simple, you just stay in the game for as long as you can because it's not good for anyone, fans or players to get embarrassed in such a big fixture and whilst we kept it tight we were still in it. I see a lot of people saying we were negative, I say we wernt. We did what any team in our position would have done, and as we all saw, we were well on top from the start of the 2nd half till the 2nd goal and should of got an equaliser in all fairness. That alone says to me we did our job, you have to respect the opponent and realise what your up against. Unfortunately some of you don't realise this.

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  • April 15, 2013 at 11:36
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    I didn't think any of our players excelled at all & although there were some detereminded efforts by a couple of players, I thought the the team froze on the day, especially 1st half where Henry was very poor & clearly not fit. 2nd half was ours but without a goal scorer out there we were never going to score. I hope a good lump of the cup run money goes to KJ to buy us a permanent striker.

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    • April 15, 2013 at 20:59
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      Bolland I don't think we were as bad as that. We were defensive minded. Henry was clearly not 100% but kj was under pressure to play two wide men and he is clearly the best in the right.
      Oh and as for the striker, dream on. We got a big fine to pay now thanks to the f****** clowns

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  • April 15, 2013 at 13:13
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    We need a decent forward or two but our central midfield needs just as much attention

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  • April 15, 2013 at 13:25
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    Given the footballing lesson in the 1st half that Wigan, who are a poor prem side, tbh, gave us just goes to show how far away we are from the premier league. We can't compete with a great many teams with regard to finances and fans. We ahev to ask ourselves why, for example, Chris Wood chose leicester over us? I think we all know the answer and, after Saturday's moronic display by a handful of twats which followed on from bottle throwning & racial abuse, our attraction as a football club to a decent player will get less & less.

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  • April 15, 2013 at 13:54
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    Everyone on here seems compelled to compliment the squad. We were s***, simple as!

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    • April 15, 2013 at 14:19
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      They played the way we knew they would play, the way they have been playing for the last few months.
      We blame the strikers for not scoring but the midfield are not creating enough. No one appears to be running off the ball to give support, when one of the forwards gets the ball there is no one within 10 yards to give them an option to pass. We must be so easy to defend against, one man in the area with the other forward staying wide, so predictable. We are playing the long ball game again but with no decent target man, the ball just gets pinged back.
      With our squad I don't think we could have done much more on the day whoever we had on the pitch, we just don't have the ability. Sure Henry and Taylor can make a few dazzeling runs but they are usually out wide and rarely come to anything. We need someone who can attack the area and worry the defence on a regular basis.
      Its not the loss to a premiership side that bothers me but how we are playing against sides that are below us in the league, unless something miraculous happens soon then we are down.
      The teams below us are showing spirit we look resigned to our fate.
      I know its all been said before but I just had to get it off my chest again

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  • April 15, 2013 at 16:31
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    Harry fabian, some of your comments lead me to believe your about 12 years old. Please , Go away and learn about the game of football before you make yourself look a c*** again.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 09:54
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    Bolland the cup money has been and gone on Tyson hulse chaplow Easter and st ledger. Wasted any extra income as always. We will sign Easter in summer and gotta horrible feeling hulse too. If not jay Simpson when hull go up. Either way not promising at all.

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