Gaffer disappointed by cruel late blow
- We dropped too deep in the closing stages
- McManaman was a threat again
- We have to give our supporters a win
Latics boss Uwe Rosler felt his side deserved much more than a draw at Charlton Athletic on Saturday but the German boss was left to reflect on a cruel defeat.
Deflected goals from Jordan Cousins and then Franck Moussa in the third minute of second-half injury time gave the hosts a win after a fine Callum McManaman goal had levelled midway through the first-half.
And Rosler felt the result was cruel on his side.
“In the end I felt we deserved even more than a draw,” he said. “I think in midfield we had complete control, the goal was completely against the run of play but we answered very quick and in the second-half I felt they were tired, we were tired and the game opened up – I felt we could have pushed on more to try and win the game.
“They had two deflected goals and at the moment things aren’t going our way I felt we started the game well in the first 30 minutes and their goal to open the scoring came against the run of play.”
Rosler felt his side struggled to find energy in the final stages of the game, with multiple players still catching up after injuries affected their pre-season preparations.
And he says the way his side was a reflection of the tiredness in the group, though he praised winger McManaman who bagged his second goal in as many games.
“We got the equaliser and then in the second half we started to drop and drop because, at the moment, we can’t quite sustain 90 minutes and that’s our problem,” Rosler explained.
“We got pushed back, made the wrong decisions in the heat of the moment and the last goal was cruel.
“Callum was very good in the first half, I think the plan had worked to play him a little bit wider and for the goal he was obviously a threat.
“I think it’s disappointing on our side to not give our loyal supporters something to share, in the last half hour, though, we hardly threatened the goal.”
450 fans made the trip to South London and Rosler also added that his side owe the fans a win as soon as possible.
“I think we have to give our supporters a win soon,” he continued. “We know what we have to do now; we have to get everybody up to speed and then I think we will be fine.”
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