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1 November 2014

Uwe praises mental strength to come from behind, but disappointed not to win.

  • Uwe – “It’s disappointing not to win.”
  • “We have shown more grit and determination.” – Rosler.
  • Tough games coming up against Brighton and Bolton.

Speaking after Wigan Athletic’s 3-3 draw against Fulham at the DW Stadium this afternoon, Latics boss Uwe Rosler was mixed in his reaction, as he was initially disappointed not to win, but praised the mental strength of the team to come from behind for the second game running.

“We came from behind at Derby and we came from behind again here, that shows we have more grit and more determination than we’ve had in the last few weeks.

“It’s a big positive that we got a response like the one we did in the second half, tactically and mentally we were very good.

“We are mentally stronger which I’m very pleased about, but the defending wasn’t good at all today.”

Fulham came into the game having lost just once in their previous six Sky Bet Championship games, something Rosler said he could see in spells of their play.

“Fulham have been the in-form team in October, the best team in the Championship and you could see that in the way they play.

“They had a very strong spell at the end of the first half, but in the second half we had an excellent 45 minutes, we were completely dominant, so we’re disappointed not to win the game.”

Rosler continued:

“I think we started really well on the front foot. We got the goal and had a number of chances, but then we struggled with their midfield formation and we began to show Hugo Rodallega too much respect.

“Our back four dropped too much and it made it very difficult to control the game.

“Defensively we gave players too much respect, but over the last few weeks we’ve been very tight at the back, so I expect that to be the case again very soon.”

Up next for Latics is Tuesday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, before the local derby against Bolton Wanderers on Friday, two tough games says Rosler:

“We’ve got two tough games coming up in a short space of time, so the squad comes into play and players who have not played or not started have to make big impressions.

“They are important games for us now, it’s a long trip to Brighton, but as a squad and with our improvement mentally in the last few weeks, I think we are ready.”

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