Gaffer impressed with energy levels shown by players to progress in cup
Uwe Rosler said he was pleased with the manner in which his players came from behind in their FA Cup third round replay against MK Dons to set up a fourth round tie against Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium next weekend.
Latics found themselves a goal down after ten minutes, but a late Nick Powell equaliser took the game to extra time, before the 19-year-old scored his second of the game and Marc-Antoine Fortune added a third in extra time.
“I thought we did well in the beginning of the match and created the better chances,” said Rosler, “but the game opened up and although we had the better opportunities they got the first goal.
“I said to the players at half time that we needed to raise our levels if we wanted to stay in the cup; certain players did that very impressively and as a team we can be very proud of the way in which we took charge of the game.
“The substitutes all played a key role in helping us through the tie and in extra time helped us see out the game comfortably.”
Powell’s introduction was pivotal, but Rosler also pointed to the other changes he made during the game and a premonition made by Jordi Gomez shortly before coming off the bench:
“Nick was fantastic. We all know what he can do and it was always a part of the plan to bring him into the game during the second half.
“Don’t forget he is still a young kid who has played a lot of Championship football this season and we have to be careful not to burn him out, but he came on tonight and decided the game.
“I have to compliment Emmerson Boyce and Jordi Gomez as well who came off the bench and were influential also.
“I had a chat with Jordi before bringing him on and said that I didn’t think it was a pitch that would favour him. But he told me not to worry, and that if he came on he would help us turn the game, which he did.
“Overall I’m very happy with the team’s performance. We looked very strong from a fitness point-of-view, particularly in extra time which we didn’t want but had to get through.
“It means we have a good fourth round tie to look forward to next weekend against Crystal Palace, but all the attention now goes on this weekend’s game away to Doncaster Rovers, and aiming to continue our good run of form.”