Antoni Sarcevic admits Bolton Wanderers' loss to local rivals Wigan Athletic was a 'tough one to take' and that the prospect of making an ankle injury which he played on with worse was put to the back of his mind in the derby clash.

Wanderers were humbled 4-0 over the weekend as the Latics took the lead in the first half when Will Keane slotted home early on to put Leam Richardson's side ahead at the break.

Wanderers nearly equalised through skipper Sarcevic just after the break, but Wigan struck back with a fabulous strike from James McClean.

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Callum Lang added a third before McClean scored Wigan's fourth to compound Bolton's misery in a 4-0 loss.

Sarcevic has now spoken on the derby day loss and the ankle injury he has been playing with, which Evatt revealed after the defeat, as well as the extent of injuries to Gethin Jones, Kieran Lee and Declan John.

And the Wanderers skipper admits it was a tough day at the office for him and his team mates, as well as shedding light on his own injury and how he ended up playing as the difficult week unfolded with other players picking up more serious problems.

He said: "It is hard, a tough one to take. It was a big day and even if you take away the football it was a tough one with all the emotion but then we just didn’t turn up. It was Wigan’s day, not ours.

“I had a conversation with the gaffer and he was honest, so was I. As a footballer sometimes you have to try and push through that barrier. I didn’t want to rule myself out and I didn’t want to be the player who isn’t really fit.

“It is a balancing act. It was a strange week.

“Behind the scenes people maybe don’t see it but myself and Geth were the early injuries and then as the week went on a few others started pulling out. It all mounted on top, so a minor decision became a major one because it is all on you.

“I got smashed right on it about five minutes in when I came inside and the lad just wiped me out. You think at that point ‘Jesus, that’s the last thing I need’.

“But we were in a derby and is masks over things, you don’t think about it.

“After that result you do starting thinking, over-thinking, and that is the thing with football, you go home and things are magnified 100 times more when you are sat on the sofa and mulling it all over in your head."