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Maloney insists no excuses for Wigan over Palace Cup shock

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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