Victory at Derby County the ‘perfect start’ to New Year says Uwe Rosler.
Uwe Rosler was delighted his players could give the fans the perfect start to 2014, following their 1-0 victory at the iPro Stadium against Derby County on Wednesday afternoon.
Jean Beausejour’s stunning first goal of the season separated the two sides after a sterling all-round team performance from Latics to stretch their unbeaten run to all five league games under Rosler, keeping a third consecutive clean sheet in the process.
After the match Rosler said: “I would like to begin by wishing all of our supporters a happy New Year and that together I’m sure we can make our dreams happen this season.
“Today was the perfect start to that and a great performance given by my players against a Derby team who are on a strong undefeated run and second in the league.
“In the first half we had more chances than they did. It was a fairly even game but our game-plan worked; we didn’t invite the pressure onto us they were looking to direct, we went a little more direct, held it up well and caused problems in a number of areas.
“Jean’s goal was superb and he again showed how good a player he is; capable of playing in a number of positions, a real professional and someone with immense individual skill. It’s so easy to see why he will go to the World Cup in the summer.
“Towards the end Derby went route one, bringing on Conor Sammon to apply the pressure aerially. The one aspect that maybe didn’t work too well was that our wing-backs didn’t get close enough to their wide men, which allowed them to cross the ball and made us defend for our lives at times.
“But the supporters helped the players, and I was delighted for them to come all this way and see their year start in this way.
“We are still a work in progress so there is more work to be done, but I’m looking forward to this weekend’s game, in which we can try a few things and the most pleasing thing is that the players are responding to the work being set to them. All the credit should go to them because everyone is contributing to the success.
The only negative point for Rosler was the injury picked up by Ivan Ramis mid-way through the first half, the Spaniard heading off the pitch with what appeared to be a groin injury, but the gaffer is hopeful it won’t be too serious, explaining:
“Ivan is an experienced player and probably indicated to us that he needed to come off before it was too late and did further damage.
“I have hope that he will be back in time for the Bournemouth game next weekend, but he’ll certainly be missing for the MK Dons match on Saturday.”