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Tim Ream - It feels like a defeat

22 March 2015

Defender rues dropped points following last-minute Wigan equaliser at DW Stadium

Tim Ream was left ruing another last-minute goal as Bolton Wanderers were pegged back by Martyn Waghorn’s overhead kick against local-rivals Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Tom Walker had fired the Whites ahead midway through the second-half at the DW Stadium only for Wigan to fire home a deserved leveller deep into stoppage-time.

Having dropped points in familiar fashion in recent encounters with Watford, Blackburn Rovers, Reading and Ipswich Town, Ream was left cursing Bolton’s lack of luck come the final whistle. 

“We battled as hard as we could but could only got the draw,” said the American. “To concede another last-minute goal is beyond frustrating to say the least. 

“It wasn’t the outcome we wanted – we wanted three points so it feels like another defeat. We didn’t see the game out and it cost us.

“It’s just a lack of concentration. You get tired in the last few minutes. When you get tired and your legs start going, then your mind starts going a little bit too. It’s not an excuse; it is just the way it is.

“We’re not doing it on purpose. As we get more tired, the team feels if we drop a little bit deeper and get a little bit more compact then we’ll hinder them and stifle their chances. But they still get that one chance and they put that once chance away.” 

Ream continued: “We have to figure out a way for each and every player to overcome that. We’re not doing that at the moment and aren’t learning from past experiences.

“We’ll use the international break to work on a few things on the training ground, but at this point in the season it is just as much about giving the guys a bit of a rest, especially with the number of injuries that we have had. 

“The guys who have been playing a lot of games could use with a few extra days too. But we’ll work on a few things then make sure we are ready go against Blackpool.”

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