Uwe Rosler praises the attitudes of his players as Wigan Athletic progress to the last eight of the FA Cup.
Wigan Athletic are through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup with Budweiser for the second year in a row after overcoming Cardiff City with goals from Chris McCann and Ben Watson in what manager Uwe Rosler described as a ‘team performance’ full of ‘character and professionalism.’
Speaking straight after the 2-1 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium, Rosler began by praising his players, sharing news of difficulties in getting to Cardiff yesterday.
“Our performance was fantastic, particularly after the troubles we had in getting down here for the game.
“We had to go through an unbelievable journey down after our flight was cancelled yesterday afternoon.
“We only arrived at the hotel at 10.00pm to 10.30pm and we had been travelling from more or less 1.00pm.
“The players were magnificent today despite all that we went through, and they have shown real pride in their performance.”
With imperfections to Latics’ preparation for the game, Rosler continued to praise the overall performance and was happy with the maturity his players showed.
“The quality we showed was very impressive, we didn’t get to train much between our last game and this one, but with experienced players like we have, we always know what we are capable of.
“It would be unfair to single out any players from this performance because we were brilliant as a team.
“We have put in a real team performance and this game has highlighted what we are all about, we wanted to win and we did.”
Around 1,500 Latics supporters made the trip down to Cardiff and had praise heaped on them by a very happy Rosler, saying:
“The fans came in numbers here to Cardiff and I feel that they are delighted with the professionalism and character of my players.
“They had to battle with the elements to get to the game with the way the weather has been recently, and it is clear from their attitudes during the match and at full time that they really enjoyed their day out here.”
Rosler faced both good and bad news in terms of team selection following the game, seeing Ivan Ramis return from injury for the full 90 minutes, but admitting that Ben Watson will miss Tuesday’s Championship game against Barnsley at the DW Stadium after being substituted just after half time.
“We’ve lost Ben for Tuesday’s game after he picked up a knock.
“We were forced to make the change and up until then his performance had been very pleasing with a magnificent goal to put us back ahead.”
On Ramis, Rosler added:
“I’m very happy with how Ivan Ramis returned from his injury and he played very well for the full 90 minutes.
“I didn’t think he would last 90 minutes in the way that he did, and we also had players who played through the pain barrier to fight in the match until the very end.
“We defended the lead very well in the final 10 minutes and I’m delighted for my players and our supporters.”