Gaffer says team need to pick themselves up after losing unbeaten record
A disappointed Uwe Rosler believes Wigan Athletic’s gruelling recent fixture schedule caught up with them against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and that there is much work to be done before their FA Cup encounter with Crystal Palace next weekend.
Latics suffered their first league defeat under Rosler, going down 3-0 to Paul Dickov’s side, but despite creating chances to get back into the game fell victim to fatigue according to Rosler:
“We didn’t start the game well and conceded a poor opening goal. After that we created some good chances but unfortunately we couldn’t take them.
“Perhaps the schedule we’ve had to come through caught up with us because we didn’t have the power or energy to get ourselves back into the game.
“It came to a point in the game where we seemed to have given up, and that’s not like us nor is it acceptable when you see how many supporters have made the journey to support us.
“But we have to move on now, we’ve got a week to prepare for our cup-game against Crystal Palace and we don’t want this to have a lasting effect on us.
“There are a lot of things we need to do on the training pitch, but at the same time we need to make sure we use the time to freshen up at the same time.”
Nicky Maynard made his debut for the club, named in the starting line-up at the start of the day and the gaffer says there is much more to come from the forward after a good performance:
“Nicky needs time on the pitch, and the longer he is out there the sharper he will become.
“I thought he did well today, had a good chance in the first half and forced the keeper into a great save. I wanted to keep him out there for as long as possible, and there’s much more to come from him this season.”