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UWE ROSLER'S POST READING THOUGHTS

18 April 2014

40 minutes of perfection says Uwe Rosler after Latics’ 3-0 victory over Reading.

Wigan Athletic returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Reading at the DW Stadium and manager Uwe Rosler said he couldn’t be happier with aspects of the performance, in particular piling praise on the first half.

“I feel we played the first 40 minutes to perfection,” said Rosler.

“The only thing we didn’t do in the first half was score more goals.

“In the second half we needed to keep the tempo up and keep Reading out of the game, that’s exactly what we did and our third goal came at exactly the right time.

“After that we kept our tempo up and to play that type of football at this time of the year, I don’t think many opponents would be able to handle today’s performance.”

Latics were returning to the DW Stadium following last Saturday’s cruel penalty exit in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, with Rosler adamant that the team were spurred on by the result at Wembley.

“I know the players came out of the Arsenal game with a lot of confidence because in general we played very well.

“We didn’t get beat over 120 minutes against Arsenal, and today it was very important that we made it an energetic performance very early on.”

On the performance against Reading, Rosler continued:

“The work from the front three was terrific, they made exactly the impact I wanted them to do and at times they were completely unplayable.

“Martyn Waghorn played an unusual role today, he interpreted it very well because he’s not used to playing straight through the middle.

“Everything went to plan and hopefully now we can recover for Monday which is another big one against Burnley.”

Focussing on the team performance, Rosler picked out a few key moments, saying:

“Roger Espinoza has not played for five weeks and I thought he was absolutely outstanding.

“He was so infectious in the way he played, he breeds confidence and energy into the team.

“The back four kept a very good clean sheet and that’s a lot more like us, goal difference could be very important come the end of the season.

“Our combination play at the beginning was very good and we crossed a few balls in but couldn’t really get on the end of them.

“We had one or two chances, but it’s very important against opposition who stay deep to shoot from outside the box and Jordi did that to perfection.”

On a final note, news filtered through of Rosler’s former side Brentford sealing promotion to the Sky Bet Championship with a victory over Preston North End.

The former Bees man said:

“Very well done to Brentford, the boys, the staff and the club deserve the promotion.

“They were outstanding in the time I was there and they have continued with that, I’m so happy for them because I know how much work has been put in place to reach promotion.”

You can watch Uwe’s full post-match interview on Latics Player by [clicking here].

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