Rosler - "We must learn from mistakes but some very pleasing aspects too."
Latics manager Uwe Rosler says he was naturally disappointed to lose last night’s game against in-form Fortuna Dusseldorf, but says there was plenty to smile about as well in the heat of the Paul Janes Stadion.
“No manager will ever enjoy losing,” he says, “of course, that will always be the way, but in pre-season games, you have to look beyond the result, work on the areas you can improve and keep up the good things to come out of the game.”
“It was a really good test against a team hitting top form a week before they start their season. The environment was good, the pitch was decent and there was a good crowd to get the atmosphere going.
“We started the game well, that was the pleasing aspect. We had a really good shape about us, we were disciplined, Ali didn’t need to touch the ball until the 23rd minute.
“We scored from the penalty spot after a really good run from Callum, and we could have scored another goal when Oriol hit the bar.
“But after half an hour, we stopped doing everything we had been doing so well in terms of our tactical discipline. We stopped being ruthless after we scored the goal and sat back a little rather than keep attacking and try and score the second goal.
“Yes, the conditions were tough in terms of the heat and we are at a different stage of the pre-season than they are and we used up a lot of energy in that first half an hour.
“But we dropped our intensity, we loosened our shape a little and that allowed Dusseldorf to have more momentum. Teams will always have spells in games, of course, that’s normal, but the goals we conceded were disappointing – and that is the area we need to look at, not to losen the stranglehold when we’re in front.
“The first good cross into our box ended in a goal and we never really responded. It highlighted one or two areas to work on defensively, I mean defensively as a team rather than just the defenders.”
But Rosler was also very keen to point out the positives from the performance.
“I want to highlight our young midfielders, Tim Chow and Fraser Fyvie, who have had to play a lot this pre-season because of injuries and who have worked so hard out there, especially yesterday in the heat.
“I was also pleased that Don Cowie came in to play his first match minutes, and James McArthur too. I think also Oriol Riera getting his goal will help him, the way he played the 90 minutes was very good, his work rate was pleasing and he is improving with every match. If we could have continued to provide him with the service we did in the first half, then I’m sure he would have scored again.
“Callum McManaman coming through 90 minutes in the heat is also very encouraging, I thought he was very effective in spells and did well for the penalty.
“It’s work in progress. This is a very good group of professionals and we will continue to focus on our day-to-day jobs in the build up to the Reading match.
“Finally, a quick word for the supporters. It was a shame we were not able to give them more to cheer about, especially in the second half, but thank you for coming over and supporting the team.”