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ROSLER – “WE WERE COMPLETELY IN CHARGE OF THE GAME”

5 November 2014

Boss disappointed dominance didn’t return any points from the south coast.

  • We lacked quality in front of goal – Rosler
  • Good to see Chris and Ben in the squad but result overshadows positive
  • Can’t fault the appetite, energy and desire

Latics boss Uwe Rosler was disappointed to see his side’s efforts return no points from the long journey to South Coast as Brighton & Hove Albion ran out 1-0 winners on Tuesday evening.

Rosler, who watched on as his side had 17 efforts on goal – with only five hitting the target, felt his side lacked the necessary quality to make their dominance count.

“It was another performance where we were on top; I don’t think we could do any more in terms of dominating away from home,” Rosler explained.

“In terms of scoring goals; we had enough opportunities.

“When you go away from home, of course, you don’t want to concede early on but I don’t think it affected us in any way because we were completely in charge of the game.

“What was missing was the quality to score a goal and we had enough chances because we are attack-minded, we control games, play in their half, 60% possession and not many teams have that – with all the domination we need quality in final third.

“I can’t fault the appetite, energy or hunger from my players, we did everything we trained and worked on.”

The major positive of the evening was the return of Chris McCann, who completed the final ten minutes, and also Ben Watson who was in a match-day squad for the first time since February.

James Perch also came back in after a knock and Rosler was impressed with how his midfield played at the AMEX Stadium as the game went on.

Equally, he indicated he’ll expect to make changes again at Bolton on Friday with more players returning to fitness.

“It was always the plan to introduce Chris,” he added. “He has a goal in him and I was hoping in the end that we would get bodies into the box and that he could probably get on the end of a cross.

“It was good to see him back and Ben on the bench too but it’s overshadowed by the fact we lost a game we should never lose and that’s something I’ve said a few times.

“The midfield was excellent apart from the early stages, we’ve got new reinforcements in there, with Perchy back in tonight too and he had a good performance.

“On Friday, we expect a physical battle, more even, and we’ll need to score goals – with three games in six days, you can expect changes.”

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