Wigan manager Steve Bruce admitted his side “had their backsides kicked” in the 4-0 defeat at Everton.
And Bruce will now, no doubt, be planning something similar for his AWOL striker Amr Zaki, who has still not returned from last week’s international duty with Egypt.
With this sort of internal problem, Bruce did not need to run into an in-form Everton, who cruised to victory yesterday and cemented sixth spot while cutting Arsenal’s lead over them in fourth to seven points.
Bruce said: “We got our backsides kicked by a very good Everton side. I can make excuses that we had several players on planes for 24 hours coming back from halfway around the world, and jet-lagged.
“But it is right to say ’well done’ to a very good Everton side who we could not cope with.
“They gave us a going over. Defensively we have been very good for the last few months, but we were nowhere near our best.”