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22 March 2014

Uwe Rosler impressed with character as Latics come from behind to beat Watford.

A much happier Uwe Rosler emerged from the dressing room after today’s 2-1 victory over Watford at the DW Stadium, as his Wigan Athletic side came from a goal down against the Hornets to make it 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Speaking of his side’s character and determination he said:

“My players bounced back again, showing their character and bringing across everything that our club is about.

“It was crucial that we didn’t panic, instead we carried on with our usual manner and we took a deserved lead.

“We have to be a bit better in the last five minutes of games, but I understand at the moment that it’s hard for us to play at full intensity for 95 minutes.”

Rosler continued:

“We couldn’t seal it out on Tuesday night and today we did so I am a very happy man.

“In periods we played really well and we dominated the opening stages of the game.

“We had three or four very good chances before they scored.”

Latics provided a constant headache for Watford’s right side, something Rosler highlighted by saying:

“We had some very good combination play and the system worked really well.

“Every single player knew their role in the team and the responsibility that went with it.

“I felt that the combination play between Jean Beausejour, Jordi Gomez and Martyn Waghorn was very good.

“Ivan Ramis also got involved and played a fantastic pass for Jean’s goal.”

On Beausejour’s impact in particular, Rosler said:

“I told Jean to have a look at how we played against Manchester City and try and replicate it by getting in behind the full backs and he did that very impressively.”

Another player making an impact today was Rob Kiernan, starting for Latics for the first time and against his former club to add to the occasion.

On Kiernan, Rosler said:

“I’m particularly pleased with Rob Kiernan; I said when I brought him on against Ipswich that I have trust in him.

“He’s had to wait quite a bit and I’ve had to turn down a few loan bids for him, but he bode his time and worked very hard to earn his chance.

“Today was the right time for him to step up to the big stage and perform and he did exactly that.

“I spoke to Rob before the game and told him to just play his game and not get sentimental and he came through in a very professional manner.

“He was hungry for the ball, he won his aerial battles and he didn’t panic, it was a pleasing performance.”

Jack Collison added to the firsts against Watford, coming on from the bench to make his debut.

“I thought Jack Collison was excellent when he came on,” said Rosler.

“It’s easy to see what a good player he is; he covers a lot of ground and the chance he created for James McArthur at the end was absolutely excellent.

“He did exactly what I was hoping he would do; he added authority to the midfield and gave us extra energy in a difficult period towards the end.”

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