"We need to take momentum from performance", says Uwe Rosler.
Latics boss Uwe Rosler says it’s important his side take some momentum from Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Blackburn Rovers into the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.
A thrilling end-to-end affair saw Rovers prove the more clinical on the afternoon with both sides creating plenty of chances.
Ivan Ramis was awarded the first goal, though Nicky Maynard’s initial effort may have crossed the line, before James McClean and Maynard scored in the second-half as Latics looked to level.
And Rosler says the way the game panned out was as expected.
“It was a very open game; we knew that they would be attack minded and, with the team we put out, we knew there would be a lot of space to attack but also that we may be a bit open,” Rosler explained.
“The difference in the first-half was that we didn’t use our opportunities and they got scrappy goals from mistakes from us.
“Second-half they went up but we finished the game stronger and we had the chances for an equaliser.
“Overall I think it’s very important we go out of that game with some momentum.
“We had an opportunity to give some players 90 minutes who needed it and also some players a rest who also needed it.”
Rosler reserved praise for striker Maynard, who made his first start since Latics’ home defeat to Millwall, and said he’s awarded the first goal to the West Ham United loanee.
“I’m a former striker and I think Nicky Maynard deserved the goal,” he said. “We brought him on against Birmingham and he looked lively and energetic.
“Today it was a good opportunity for us [to play him], he scored two goals, he moved well, he looked more confident and it was great for Nicky as well because he’s a very good player and it’s good to have his qualities – that will do his confidence the world of good.”
And Rosler’s message to his players ahead of arguably the biggest week of their campaign to date is simple.
“For us, after 60 games, our season starts now,” Rosler added.
“That is an unusual situation – we’ve managed the squad well, though, and we have pretty much everybody in contention and that is a good situation to go into the play-offs.”