Uwe Rosler left disappointed by first half display in defeat to Millwall.
Speaking after the 1-0 defeat to Millwall at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, Uwe Rosler said he saw two very contrasting halves of football, a disappointing first half, but a second half with few complaints.
“We didn’t start the game in the way we wanted to and it cost us,” said Rosler.
“When you approach the game in the way we did in the first half then you can only expect to face the consequences, it was very disappointing.
“There was always a danger for tonight’s game because of the big game we’ve got coming up on Saturday in the FA Cup against Arsenal.
“The second half was okay, they made it difficult for us but we bombarded them and gave a big push.
“We had 18 shots but only two on target, we needed to make the goalkeeper work a lot more than he did.
“I have no complaints about the second half, the players tried hard to turn the game around, but the first half was disappointing.”
Latics made two changes at half time, with Marc-Antoine Fortune introduced alongside James McArthur.
Rosler said he didn’t want to have to make the changes, but paid credit to Millwall for the way they battled to stay ahead.
“I was disappointing that I had two makes two substitutions at half time to try and turn the game around, it’s not something we should have to do.
“Millwall deserve credit for coming here and getting the victory, they had nothing to lose and they came here hoping that our focus wasn’t 100% and they were right.
“They picked up a great result at the weekend and had the confidence to come and beat us, they looked dangerous in the first half and in the second half they were very disciplined in defence.”
“I won’t make any excuses about the fixture list and the amount of games we have played.
“Millwall came here with pretty much the same team as they had at the weekend and we had seven fresh outfield players in.”
Despite dropping to their first defeat under Uwe Rosler at the DW Stadium, Latics welcomed back Shaun Maloney for the first time since September after his successful recovery from a hip operation.
Maloney’s hard work to return was praised by his manager who believes he made the exact impact expected.
“The one thing that was very positive from today’s game was Shaun Maloney returning.
“He was our most creative player tonight, I didn’t think he would last 90 minutes, but what he showed on the pitch was very impressive for somebody who has been out for such a long time.
“Shaun deserves this chance to come back because he has worked very hard to get back to where he is.
“He arrived in the game from the very first minute and I was hoping that everybody could start the game like him, but we didn’t and it cost us today.”