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9 May 2014

Uwe Rosler says Latics are on track after 0-0 draw in Play Off first leg against QPR>

Latics boss Uwe Rosler says his side were unlucky not to win Friday’s Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship semi-final first leg clash with QPR.

Rosler watched on as his side dominated both possession and chances created as Harry Redknapp’s side travel back to London ahead of Monday’s second leg the more content with the stalemate.

Latics missed a couple of good opportunities to break the deadlock at the DW Stadium but overall Rosler was pleased with his side’s efforts with the pressure back on Rangers at Loftus Road on Monday.

“Overall, I felt they came here to get a draw and they got that, but the pressure is on them now and I still count our chances as 50:50,” Rosler explained.

“We controlled the game, we passed the ball but in the decisive moments we were perhaps not quite brave enough to put the bodies into the box when we got crosses in from the side.

“We had chances, Jordi Gomez and Marc-Antoine Fortune both had very good chances.

“I don’t think QPR had a chance, we can do better but we are right in the tie and we are on track.”

Rosler told the written press that, though Rangers will be happy with the point, the pressure transfers onto their shoulders ahead of a massive game on Monday evening.

And he explained that despite Redknapp’s side’s solidity in defence, he was pleased to his side rarely tested by the R’s frontline.

“I think they came here to get a result and they got a result but now they’ll have to come out a little bit more at home to win the tie,” he added.

“They doubled up on our wing-backs, James Perch and Jean Beausejour, and it worked effectively but they didn’t hurt us very much over the majority of the game.

“It’s [going to be] an open game and we have players who can cause any opposition problems.

“It was a very tight game tonight between two even teams and we move on and look forward to Monday now, anything can happen.”


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