Steve Bruce offers Wigan draw verdict

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Steve Bruce accepted his side didn’t do enough to claim all three points at the DW Stadium as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan.

The hosts scored early on through Josh Magennis but Karlan Grant pulled the Baggies back level with a smart finish before the break – his fourth goal in all competitions so far this season.

The boss was frustrated to see Albion fall behind inside 15 minutes once more in a Sky Bet Championship match and insisted his group must stop giving themselves so much work to do.

He said: “We didn’t play well enough to win the game.

“We found it very difficult to break down a well-organised Wigan team. We were expecting a backlash based on what happened on Saturday against Burnley. They were well-drilled, physical and really difficult to play against.

“It was one of those games you have to deal with. We just didn’t play well enough to win it.

“In the Championship you have to try and find a way of breaking solid teams down. 

“I’m confident that we’ll win matches regularly . We’re close, but we’ve got to stop making silly mistakes and we’ve got to find that cutting edge.

“I can’t fault the attitude of the players, but the frustrating thing for us is we didn’t create enough at the top end of the pitch. 

“Our big players up the top end of the pitch, unfortunately they had one of those nights where they found it very difficult.

“We’ve conceded another poor goal and clearly that’s something we have to improve on.

“We can’t keep coming from behind every week. It’s bizarre and it usually involves a mistake. We keep on giving ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We can’t just keep gifting teams goals. No matter how much we talk about it, it’s a reoccurring problem at the moment. We have to improve and stop giving ourselves so much to do in games.”

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