Date: 19th April 2015 at 9:31pm
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Defender Gordon Greer has said it’s down to the players to take the responsibility for our performances following a lacklustre first half in the defeat to Wigan Athletic yesterday.

Audio – Wigan Loss Reactions (click here)

With manager Chris Hughton not really hiding his thoughts with the first half performance from the side and the way we leaked both goals in the game yesterday, Greer said himself to the Official Site in his own interview that the players simply had to take responsibility for their own performances and look to step up significantly from the showing we put in against Wigan.

‘We started the game brightly and then we were really disappointed after that because we didn’t play well enough on the day. We’re at the bottom of the league fighting for our lives, as are Wigan and we wanted to put in a really good team display, but we did not manage to do that. We were fully aware of how big a game it was and we had a few chances at 1-1, but we did not take them and got punished at the other end. We have to take full responsibility for the performance, as it was a massive game and a test of character, and we did not pass.’

Greer goes on to say that the players are disappointed because he knows the fans travelled in their numbers to try and help play their part in seeing us over the line and to a victory that would have effectively secured our Championship status for the coming season, so he knows the players let the down as well and he certainly couldn’t criticise the boos and reactions at the full time whistle.

‘A lot of people travelled up to support us and they were well within their rights to boo us off at the end.’

He went on to add that it wasn’t just the fans and the manager who reacted honestly to the performance and the result, as he admitted that a few home truths were told in the dressing room debrief as people had their say.

‘Over recent years we’ve had it quite good, playing some great football and being up near the top of the league and this year we’ve been down near the bottom for most of the season. It’s been a difficult season for everybody connected with the club, but these are the sort of games that you look forward to. If we came up here and won the game then we would’ve secured our Championship status and moved onto next season. As a player you take the good with the bad. It’s easy for people to criticise you when they’re not on the pitch, but it`s sometimes difficult to look at your fellow players and be honest with each other. After the game we had to do that because we’re coming away from home and not playing well enough.’

With Hughton saying he hadn’t yet tried to take positives from results elsewhere, Greer went on to say that knowing Millwall dropped two points this weekend was of little solace to him after the game.

‘I personally don’t like looking at other people’s results; we wanted to come here and do it on our own. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, but it`s a bonus for us that Millwall dropped two points. It`s a bad for us and for the supporters; now it’s up to us to make sure that we put it right next Saturday.’

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