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UWE ROSLER'S POST BARNSLEY THOUGHTS

19 February 2014

Uwe Rosler delighted with professional performance and has fingers crossed over Ben Watson injury.

Following Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 victory over Barnsley at the DW Stadium, Uwe Rosler declared himself delighted with his side’s professional display and was particularly pleased with their first half efforts.

With both of Latics’ goals coming from wide play down the left side, Rosler was quick to praise the efforts of those who created Nicky Maynard and Martyn Waghorn’s goals, saying:

“I’m delighted with the performance, especially in the first half.

“I thought the football in the first half was very, very good and our combinations down the left side between Jean Beausejour, James McClean and Chris McCann were breath-taking at times.

“Both goals came from that side and we created a lot of momentum.”

Admitting that the second half performance slowed down somewhat, Rosler continued by saying he had some sympathy for his players:

“Second half I would have liked to see us attacking more, but I fully understand that my players felt a little bit low on energy at times because of our recent match schedule.

“I tried to keep the momentum going with the substitutions, but I think in the second half we couldn’t really improve on what was an excellent first half.

“In the end we won 2-0 and that’s exactly what we wanted to do.

“We faced a team who are sometimes considered underdogs and they are often the hardest to play against, tonight I think we carried out a very professional job.”

On a night delivering a positive win which saw Latics climb up to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship, one cruel blow was dealt as Ben Watson departed on a stretcher after just 19 minutes.

Rosler’s thoughts on the situation were ones of caution:

“We’ll find out how Ben is either later on tonight or tomorrow morning.

“At the moment I don’t have any news on Ben, it’s too early to say and I don’t want to speculate.

“It didn’t look good and he got carried off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.”

On the challenge which led to the injury Rosler added:

“It was an unfortunate situation, both players go in for the 50-50 with force and a good tempo.

“We’ve just got to cross our fingers and hope the damage isn’t too bad.”

Going back to his team’s performance, Rosler praised the reaction of his players following the unfortunate incident:

“I’ve got to compliment the attitude of my players, because there was a five minute break and sometimes players can lose focus when that happens.

“Concentration can also drop because of the shock of seeing an injury, but my players reacted in a professional manner and continued to attack in the way we wanted them to.”

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