Frank assessment from Uwe Rosler who bemoans ‘too many mistakes’.
Uwe Rosler admitted his players did not do enough to win their Sky Bet Championship fixture with Birmingham City on Boxing Day, but hopes confidence will continue to grow as the team stretched their unbeaten run to three games with a 0-0 draw.
Rosler was hoping to become the first Wigan Athletic manager since 1978 to win each of his first three league matches, but was frustrated by a combination of poor passing and a lack of invention in the opposition half, explaining:
“I’ll take the point because to be honest I don’t think we deserved the win the game.
“The first five to ten minutes of the game were ok, but after that we made too many mistakes, our passing wasn’t functioning and our confidence dropped.
“We dominated the second half but didn’t have the creativity to make the opportunities we needed to score goals, and so overall I think 0-0 was a fair result.
“However, when you can’t win you need to make sure you don’t lose so I’m pleased we were able to maintain our unbeaten run.
“The confidence we’re trying to build is not on strong foundations, so with each game we’re trying to increase it and remaining unbeaten will help, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Thomas Rogne added to the manager’s list of injuries worries, joining Scott Carson, Emmerson Boyce, Ben Watson and Nick Powell as the latest absentee after being forced off midway through the first half.
Rosler is determined to rectify the problem which threatens to undermine his team’s progress, saying:
“We are suffering far too many injuries at the moment; after every game we seem to be missing players through soft-tissue injuries, the volume of which is something I have not experienced during my time in England.
“We need to get to the bottom of it because we can’t continue to lose players game after game; today we lost Thomas Rogne and it was the same with Nick Powell after our Reading victory.”