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ROSLER - ‘THE BEST FIRST-HALF SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE’

23 August 2014

Gaffer pleased with progress after Blackpool win.

• Riera scores ‘important’ first goal
• We’re close to where we want to be
• From One to Eleven, we were phenomenal

Uwe Rosler was delighted with his side’s performance, in particularly in the first-half, as Oriol Riera’s first Wigan Athletic goal gave Latics a 1-0 win over Blackpool at the DW Stadium.

The German boss watched on as his side dominated on the afternoon and perhaps could have won more comfortably with Callum McManaman, Rob Kiernan and Emmerson Boyce all going close.

In reflection, though, Rosler was pleased with his side’s offensive display from every single player.

“It should have been more, I think the first-half was the best first-half since I’ve been at the club,” Rosler said.

“Our play from number one to number 11 was phenomenal, we should have been up by four or five goals.

“I was very impressed, especially coming from a tough game against Cardiff where we put a lot of effort in.

“Our progression continues, we would have liked more goals to be safe a bit earlier but in the end we got three points and the boys all turned the corner – the performance level went a big way up and today we also got the three points.”

Emyr Huws, Don Cowie and James McArthur won a difficult battle in midfield whilst James Perch and Andrew Taylor turned out arguably their best performances of the campaign to date as wing-backs.

And Rosler says his side are getting much close to where he would like them to be.

“The threat came from everywhere; I felt the wing-backs contributed well in our offensive play, the two strikers were lively, strong and decisive,” he explained.

“The midfielders continued what they did at Cardiff, they’ve been excellent and in the end we had some heavy legs and that’s understandable but I’m very happy with the overall performance.

“I think we can all see that we are improving and we’re getting closer to where we want to be.”

Rosler was also delighted for Riera after the Spanish frontman converted his first goal since arriving from Osasuna in the summer with a smart finish into Joe Lewis’ bottom left-hand corner.

He also added that he’ll allow his players an extra day to recover ahead of a big game against Birmingham next weekend after their hard work this week saw them ‘turn a corner’.

“I wasn’t sure whether to start Oriol today or not but I decided it was a good opportunity to throw him,” Rosler continued.

“I think he needs time to adapt to English football and we know this because historically this club has experience with players from South America and Spain.

“Today he got off the mark and I think it will give him a big boost.

“Birmingham have had a good start to the season, we played them at the end of last season in a very decisive game and the next game will be too but this time we have a week to breathe through and, because we put a lot of effort in to turn the corner, I’ll reward my players with an extra day off.”

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