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ROSLER – ‘COLLECTIVELY A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE’

30 August 2014

Gaffer delighted with progression as Latics turn out superb performance to down Birmingham City 4-0 at the DW Stadium.

• Rosler delighted with all 14 players he used in 4-0 win over the Blues.
• Gaffer pleased for ‘very good footballer’ Taylor
• Hunger and appetite for offensive football was there 

Uwe Rosler couldn’t hide his delight as his players turned out their best performance of the season to date to crush Birmingham City 4-0 at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Callum McManaman’s double, as well as strikes from Andrew Taylor and Martyn Waghorn, made it back-to-back home wins for Latics going into a fortnight break from Sky Bet Championship action.

And the German boss, who last week described the first-half performance in the win over Blackpool as the best since he’s been in charged, described the win over Lee Clark’s Blues as the complete performance.

“Today was another game in which we continued our progression, I think today was another game that we continued our progression,” Rosler explained.

“It started at Charlton, then at Cardiff, Blackpool last week and obviously today we rewarded ourselves with goals.

“[We had] 17 attempts, eight on target, we controlled the game, had the majority of possession and played attractive football with a lot of goals.

“I think the whole team worked extremely hard and when we dropped our intensity slightly and we had to bring on fresh reinforcements, collectively it was a complete performance.”

Rosler was equally delighted with the performance of left-back Taylor with the former Cardiff City man scoring his first goal in a Wigan Athletic shirt with a fine strike from the edge of the area in off the inside of Darren Randolph’s bottom left-hand post.

“Tayls is hitting form,” he added. “People forget he had not played for the last half a year in Cardiff so he needs a little bit of time to get used to the intensity and the power we want to play.

“I think today he grew and lasted 90 minutes at a very good level; he’s a very good footballer.”

Naturally, Rosler will still look to fine tune and improve aspects of Latics play ahead of the trip to Blackburn in a fortnight, though even he found it difficult to pick out anything he wasn’t happy with on an elating afternoon for fans and players alike.

“I think there’s always ways to improve but today we were very effective, we didn’t waste lots of chances like we did against Blackpool and it’s always important to get the first and second goal to settle the nerves.” Rosler continued.

“We kept on attacking and I think that it is very important that we don’t stop and try and keep possession in the wrong areas; the hunger and the appetite for offensive football was there today.

“Blackburn lost today but we know how hard it is at their place after last year but we now have a two-week break and as a manager I cross my fingers the players on international duty come back in the same form but the rest of the squad will have some good training days this week and then have a nice weekend next time.”

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