Uwe Rosler admits the performance wasn’t great, but the result continues Latics’ progress.
Speaking after Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 victory over Leeds United at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, Uwe Rosler said a tough game and a lot of pressure forced his team to grind out three points.
“We were under pressure today and I had hoped for more from the substitutes in terms of creating play on the ball and giving us a chance to get out of our defence.
“I was hoping for more passes, but we got sucked into Leeds’ way of football, there were a lot of long balls, second balls and it became a scrappy game.
“That’s not our game, but we got the three points and at this stage in the season it’s the only thing that matters.
“We ground out the result and we have the quality to do so, but we also have the quality to play well and win and in that respect we have got ourselves a top team.”
Despite being less than pleased with the performance, Rosler pin-pointed James McArthur and Martyn Waghorn for their moments of quality in the build-up to the game’s only goal.
“James McArthur is an outstanding professional; he kept on going and going today and he ran the game for us with the way he was driving forwards.
“He did really well for Martyn’s goal and he showed what he can do in the final third, I think when we have our injured players back he can score plenty of goals for us in a more advanced position.
“Today James’ run for the goal set Martyn up perfectly and how he finished it was first class.”
That ‘first class’ finish was Waghorn’s fourth goal as a Wigan Athletic player and first as a permanent player after signing a deal with the Club yesterday afternoon, something which his manager was very happy about.
“I’m delighted for Martyn getting his goal today, he has worked very hard since arriving, with goals and also assists.
“He fits our profile perfectly; young, English, hungry, ambitious and he desperately wants to play in the Premier League with this football club, what more can you look for in a player.”
Waghorn was absent from Tuesday’s game against Leicester City due to it being his then parent club.
The forward was one of only two changes to come into the side from the midweek draw, something Rosler said may have had an impact on energy levels.
“We decided to keep more or less the same team from Tuesday’s game against Leicester City with only two changes, but obviously it took more out of us than we expected.
“I feel that we didn’t get going and we didn’t pass the ball around like we know we can do.
“It was a slight struggle, the game was feisty at the beginning and there was a lot of pressure on us with early yellow cards.
“Ivan Ramis and James Perch did very well under pressure not to make any more mistakes and receive second yellow cards, which speaks volumes about their experience.
“We got the goal we wanted before half time, but it was a nerve racking last few minutes.”
You can watch Uwe’s post-match interview on Latics Player by [clicking here].