Gaffer sees Riverside draw as two points dropped
Uwe Rosler believes his side missed an opportunity at the Riverside on Tuesday evening, drawing 0-0 with Middlesbrough despite looking the better side for the majority of the game.
The draw means Latics have suffered just the one defeat in the last eleven games in all competitions, but Rosler said if the team had of played the way they did in the second half over the full 90 minutes, they would have had a much better chance of coming away with all three points:
“We should have won the game. We were the stronger team, especially in the second half and the only chances Middlesbrough had, came from them capitalising on the one or two mistakes we made.
“Middlesbrough are a very good footballing side, but they didn’t cause us any real problems.
“However, I thought we started the game too slowly and although we thought we looked good we are a side that is more dangerous when we speed up the play.
“The boys responded to a slow first half by coming out and playing much quicker after the break, but it felt as though we wasted those first 45 minutes.
“We’ll take the point and focus now on Charlton Athletic this weekend, aiming to preserve our strong home record, playing with more urgency.
“If we want to gain promotion to the Premier League this season then we need to start games a lot better than we did against Middlesbrough, and force ourselves to play a higher tempo.
“When we do that things will go our way and we are a much better side.”