Uwe Rosler praises second half response as Latics turn it around to win 2-1 against Derby.
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Uwe Rosler was delighted with his team’s desire as Latics came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 away at Sky Bet Championship leaders Derby County.
James Tavernier had a penalty saved at the end of the first half, with John Eustace giving Derby the lead 30 seconds later leaving Latics shell-shocked, but Rosler’s men reacted with a superb second half display.
Speaking to Latics Player after the game, Rosler said:
“Missing the penalty and some other chances put us in a difficult situation, we then conceded 30 seconds before half time.
“A lot of other teams would have crumbled after half time, but we didn’t and that shows us just how much desire we have in the squad.
“I think we finally put some footballing dominance into goals, and I’ve got to compliment every single one of the players, they reacted really well.”
Rosler also complimented the travelling supporters, dedicating the win to the fans and to Chairman Dave Whelan for their continued support.
“We had 18 attempts away from home and we had more of the ball, I think that was one of the best performances I have seen since I arrived at the club.
“This time I really mean that, especially away from home and especially in the situation we have been in for the last few weeks.
“The supporters were fantastic and it was nice to receive that type of appreciation at the end, but it’s not about me, it’s about the football club and I love being here.
“The Chairman and the supporters have always given me their support, that win was for them from the team.
“In our position it’s not normal to receive that sort of backing, and it’s quite overwhelming, it shows just how passionate our fans are.”
Heading into the game, Rosler admitted he had to make a decision between starting Callum McManaman or James McClean, a decision which he believes worked as McClean came off the bench to score both goals.
“It was a big call before the game because I had to choose between James and Callum, my gut feeling told me Callum because he was very good in training.
“James came on in the second half and finished the job off, he showed just how much he wanted and how we wanted it, it’s a testament to the players we have.
“We had a lot of injuries going into the game and there was a lot of focus on who wasn’t here, we would rather focus on the players who were here and those players delivered as we hoped.”