Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook had no argument with the outcome after his side were well beaten 4-0 by Preston North End on Saturday.
Two goals from Callum Robinson, a first-half strike from Tom Barkhuizen and a Paul Gallagher penalty lifted the Lilywhites off the foot of the Championship table.
Darron Gibson was sent off for the visitors for a challenge on Ben Pearson as PNE ended their 10-game winless run.
“Today, we’ve under-achieved for our fans, and they’ll go back to Wigan hurt,” said Cook, whose side sit 11th in the table.
“For that, I can tell them I am every bit as hurt as they are.
“They’ll go home disappointed but we have to respect the fact the best team on the day won the game.
“I’ve got no complaints that Preston were full value for their win.
“They showed a lot more appetite than we did, created more chances, and we just flirted with what we tried to do.
“When that’s the case, and you’re not great at both ends of the pitch, you get results like this.”