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UWE ROSLER'S POST IPSWICH THOUGHTS

15 March 2014

Uwe Rosler delighted with win as Latics move up to fifth.

A fourth consecutive away victory for Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship had Uwe Rosler delighted, as his side won 3-1 at Portman Road against Ipswich Town.

Goals from James McClean either side of a Leon Barnett header pulled Latics from 1-0 down to collect all three points, with his two goal scorers being the main talking points following the game.

Talking about the victory in general, Rosler said:

"It's another excellent victory for us, but we came prepared and we were always looking for the win.

"We coped very well with their direct approach, but I thought maybe we could have passed the ball better, especially after we weathered the storm early on."

Rosler continued:

"The first goal and the third goal were perfect examples of how we wanted to attack Ipswich.

"The players showed great desire and the morale in the team was very high, I think our attitude showed through when we equalised.

"They impressed me a lot today, particularly because we were playing against a team who are also pushing for the play-offs and they have been good at home recently."

Praising McClean's impact on the game and continuing to focus on the goals, Rosler said:

"I think it was a good time for James McClean to score those goals because he's in a very good place.

"We've spoken a lot about our wide players getting more goals because the way we play, we can't always rely on our centre forwards.

"James' movement was very good for the first goal, but Marc-Antoine Fortune also deserves a lot of praise for both of the assists.

"Overall I'm very happy with the combination between Marco and James, but I'm also very happy with the high standards of all of my players."

Despite the major positives coming out of today's game, Rosler pointed out a negative, with another crucial player facing time out with injury, he added:

"Unfortunately we have lost another player today after Leon Barnett had to come off with a hamstring problem.

"That is the third injury in a week and we can't afford to have any others.

"He pulled up with a hamstring problem, but we don't know whether it's a light one of a heavy one and we'll have to assess him to find out what grade of injury it is.

"We have asked a lot from Leon this season and sometimes nothing can be done to prevent an injury like this.

"All we can do is work hard on the recovery of players and their preparations for each game."

Rob Kiernan replaced Barnett on 74 minutes to make his fourth substitute appearance in the league for Latics, and his manager was impressed, saying:

"I had the option to bring on Stephen Crainey and put Emmerson Boyce in the middle, but I have trust in Rob Kiernan and I told him that.

"That is the reason I haven't sent him out on loan because I've always believed he can play a part for us as a centre half or as a deep midfielder.

"He showed his quality today and the game was made for him because there were a lot of long balls and he stood his ground very well."

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