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18 December 2013

Uwe Rosler applauds players, officials and supporters after Hillsborough downpour halts game.

Uwe Rosler admitted that whilst he and his players were disappointed to see Wednesday night’s match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough abandoned due to severe weather conditions, he accepts it was the only decision the officials could make.

Life under Rosler has been anything but boring for Latics barely a week after the German took charge, with his debut game in Maribor full of refereeing controversy, a pulsating derby against Bolton at the weekend and now a washout against Sheffield Wednesday to add yet another twist to his time as manager.

“I told you things would never be dull under me,” he said.

“Firstly I thought the officials did very well tonight in very difficult conditions. The decision was harsh on us because we were winning, but it was the right one. He came over to the dug outs in the second half and told us that he would play a few more minutes and see how the conditions developed before making a decision, and he could only make one in the end.”

Rosler did oversee an hour of football however, which he explained was the best he has seen so far this season, explaining:

“Everything was fine in the first half and it was the best performance a team of mine has produced this season, including Brentford.

“At times they were a joy to watch in how the passed the ball around and created so many chances against a team who are on the up after victories against some of the division’s big sides and have good momentum behind them.

“The way the game was progressing I felt we would have had more counter-attack opportunities and would have introduced players from the bench to exploit the room beyond the defence.”

Over 400 supporters made the long journey to Hillsborough and Rosler paid tribute to their efforts in getting behind the team and hopes they can make another long trip on Saturday to Reading to make a big difference once more, saying:

“I feel sorry for the players then that it had to be called off, but also for our loyal supporters who had to make a long journey on a Wednesday evening in these conditions and are heading back with nothing.

“I hope they enjoyed the football they did see from their team and that they can come again in strong numbers to Reading on Saturday.

“Having this game to squeeze in again somewhere doesn’t make the current situation any easier, but we won’t complain; I made five changes tonight so I’ll have to make eight on Saturday!”

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