Bruce concedes heavy defeat

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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.

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."

Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored one and had a hand in three others with Jo netting twice and Leon Osman completing the rout.

The Latics boss added: "They gave us a going over. Defensively we have been very good for the last few months, but we were nowhere near our best.

"Whatever we did it was too easy for Everton, all game. That is not like us because we pride ourselves in being difficult to beat but this time we were sadly lacking.

"I hope this type of performance is now not going to be the norm, because we still have a lot to play for. I will make sure we will be ready for it, after such a good season we do not want it to slip away now."

But first Bruce will have to sort out the Zaki problem, and he insists he will have showdown talks with the 26 year-old as soon as he returns to the UK.

Bruce said: "I find it ridiculous that this club who have given him his chance in England - and pay him very well I might add - are not being treated properly.

"We are not being shown any respect, it is totally nonsensical. We believe he has a hamstring (injury), but we do not know how bad because we have not been able to assess him."

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Leon Osman
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