Shaun Maloney says Wigan Athletic have no excuses for their Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.

The former Celtic attacker was given a run by manager Roberto Martinez in the shock loss.

"The result was obviously not what we were looking for," Maloney told the Wigan Evening Post. "We made a few changes but, to be fair, so did Palace so I certainly wouldn't be looking to use that as an excuse.

"Our first-half performance cost us because, although we started well, they stepped up and we couldn't respond.

"There was a big improvement in the second half, but it wasn't enough."

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