Bruce shoulders Latics blame

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce accepted some of the blame for his side’s below-par performance in the goalless draw at home to Fulham.

The Latics were forced to use all three of their substitutes before half-time at the JJB Stadium, with Bruce admitting that he had gambled with several members of his side.

He commented: “That was X-rated stuff and I have to take some responsibility.

“I picked a team where Michael Brown was sick before the game and I started him and shouldn’t have done.

“Mido hadn’t trained all week and it looked like it. Antonio Valencia trained for two or three days and I thought he was fit and we’ve set him back two or three weeks.

“Hugo Rodallega hadn’t played a full match for eight weeks and Ben Watson is the same. He hasn’t really played a competitive 90 minutes.

“I have to take a bit of the blame too. In hindsight the one thing you can’t do in the Premier League is play people who aren’t fit, because it doesn’t do them any good and it doesn’t do the team any good.

“It was a mistake and it shouldn’t have happened. Thankfully my back four kept us in the game.”