Victory dedicated to Ben Watson as Uwe Rosler praises tough Latics display.
Wigan Athletic made it four straight victories in all competitions and three in a row in the Championship with their hard-fought 2-1 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium, a result which Uwe Rosler believes could be very big for the club.
“To come here to Brighton and get a victory is a very good achievement,” said Rosler after the match.
“I’m very happy with how we won the game, especially here in Brighton in such an important game against a side who are very good at home.
“You could see how much both teams wanted to win the game, so for us to take all three points is a sign of how much desire my players have.”
Latics were without talismanic midfielder Ben Watson due to his double leg fracture on Tuesday against Barnsley, and Rosler was quick to dedicate the victory to his midfielder.
I’m very happy with how we won the game, especially here in Brighton in such an important game against a side who are very good at home.
“First of all I would like to dedicate the win to Ben Watson.
“The team coped very well without him today and they showed character in what is a big loss to the group.
“I’m just delighted for the boys and to be able to dedicate it to Ben.
“Our thoughts are with him after he had his operation yesterday and we’ll look forward to seeing him next week.”
Latics took the lead through James McArthur after 21 minutes, with Chris McCann doubling the lead just after half time, but Rosler’s men were made to work extremely hard in the second half, as he added:
“Brighton are an extremely good footballing side and we had to change the shape in the second half, because we wouldn’t have come through the game if we didn’t.
“We went to three at the back and Brighton had problems at the beginning of the second half which led to us scoring our second goal.
“After that they bombarded us, but we had lady luck on our side today which is just what you need sometimes.”
Hoping for less drama in future games, Rosler continued:
“I won’t live for long if we have many more games like that.
“I’d like there to be less drama in our matches and less defending in our own box.
“We want to press teams higher and stay away from our own area, but for some reason Brighton were able to put a lot of pressure on us.”