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9 March 2014

Uwe Rosler on 'tremendous' win and a proud moment for the Wigan Athletic fans.

Uwe Rosler's return to Manchester City was a dream return.  A 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium and progression into the FA Cup semi-final has written another new page in the Wigan Athletic story, but Rosler says it's time to praise every single one of his players and the near 4000 travelling supporters rather than focussing on himself.

"It has been a tremendous performance from our whole team, every single player and we have shown no fear," said Rosler.

"We went into the game with a strong mental approach and we set up in a very similar way to the two games from last season against Manchester City.

"We stamped our own identity on the performance with good pressurising, with a brave approach to getting on the ball at the back in our back three.

"All-in-all we had heroic performances out there today."

Emotional and passionate scenes followed after the final whistle, with Rosler revealing his pride for the way the supporters conducted themselves.

"Our supporters were absolutely brilliant.

"I am very proud of the way they supported us and I think they really appreciated the way my players played.

"Everybody gave everything they had for the fans today, but we can't forget that we also did it for Ben Watson."

Arsenal await in the semi-final at Wembley Stadium, but despite the mouthwatering tie, Rosler wants to focus on Latics' next opponents.

"For a young manager like myself who is climbing up the Championship table with this football club, I don't think I can have to many complaints that we're getting the chance to show what we are made of against Arsenal at Wembley.

"We can't think about that game too much though, we have to focus on the very next game and we'll concentrate on Arsenal when the time comes.

"We're focussing on Wednesday's game now because that's another big task for us to tackle."

Focussing on specific performances during the game, Rosler said he was impressed not only by the way Latics kept Manchester City out for the majority of the game, but also the way his own side attacked.

"Since I walked through the door here Marc-Antoine Fortune has looked a completely different player.

"He's scored goals, he's leading the line very well and he's doing excellent things when he plays.

"Marco was superb today and he deserves all the credit he gets for his impact on today's win."

Rosler continued:

"I've got two excellent out-and-out strikers and with Nick Powell coming back as well, we have fantastic options offensively.

"Callum McManaman did very well for the time he played and his replacement James McClean continued that good work."

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