Wilkins desperate for new players

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Ray Wilkins, Millwall's assistant manager, said the club is in desperate need of new players following his side's 2-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Ray Wilkins, Millwall's assistant manager, said the club is in desperate need of new players following his side's 2-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Goals from Lee McCulloch and Jason Roberts gave Wigan the points as they recorded their first ever league victory on Millwall turf. "It hurts more performance-wise than the result," Wilkins said. "They are a good, attacking side who will win more than they lose but we need to get our house in order.

"There appears to be an immense lack of confidence in the team. I don't know why but we will try to change this rapidly. We desperately need to bring in new players, preferably with experience to boost the squad.

"We tried very hard in the summer but for one reason or another we could not bring anyone in. It is difficult to bring in players but we will keep trying. Having said that our new players did OK but will take time to adjust. I think we just need to be patient."

The Latics' success was revenge for last season's opening day 2-0 defeat against the Lions. McCulloch's header shortly after half-time and Roberts' 75th-minute finish ensured a comfortable and deserved victory.

The Wigan manager, Paul Jewell, said: "We started brightly but faded in the first half as the game become more physical. We needed to be more competitive and in the second half we were. We closed them down, competed with them and restricted them to long balls and few chances.

"All in all we played very well but can still do better. We had competition for places all over the park.

"We are much stronger than last year. There are 44 games to go and anybody can beat anybody in this league. It is a very competitive league with at least 17 teams that can challenge."

Both sides looked tired from games that were drawn last weekend. For all Millwall's pushing there lacked the conviction to break down a resolute Wigan defence, and Roberts' neat footwork and finish killed off the Lions.

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