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GAFFER 'POSITIVELY SURPRISED' WITH PERFORMANCE

16 July 2014

Rosler pleased with level of performance as pre-season preparations continue.

Latics boss Uwe Rosler says he was “positively surprised” with the performance of his players following Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Turkish Super League side Besiktas at the DW Stadium.

Rosler watched on as a double from Martyn Waghorn maintained Latics’ unbeaten start to pre-season following a win over TSV Havelse and a draw with Sky Bet League One side Walsall.

And the German, still revelling in his nation’s World Cup success, was pleased with the progress made from the draw with the Saddlers just four days earlier.

“I was positively surprised after last Friday because today we were playing against a side who are in UEFA Champions League qualification and are ahead of us in the sense that they have been in training longer than us,” Rosler added.

“What I saw today, with the team we put out, was very, very positive.

“Everybody raised their standards; the young players used the opportunity very well and some players played out of position, like James Tavernier, who played in central midfield, have probably given us the option to even play him in there in the season.

“I’m very happy that we won the game but more in the way that we played, followed the game plan, looked sharper and obviously it was a great test for us.”

Rosler was pleased with former Sunderland man Waghorn who replaced Marc-Antoine Fortune inside the first five minutes after the French frontman pulled up in the early stages.

And Rosler says the only negative of the evening was another injury being added to a growing list.

“I think Waggy [Martyn Waghorn] looked much sharper today, we put a lot of work in over the last few days and probably the squad of players weren’t used to that volume of training,” he explained.

“The only negative is that we lost Marco early on, we screened Marco and he didn’t show much sign of danger or fatigue.

“We still have key players out and we have to bring in still in key areas so we are not where we want to be yet but if we play like we did today then that stands us in a good place for the next three weeks.”

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