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5 October 2014

Gaffer hoping positives from Molineux draw help Latics kick on after the international break.

  • Overall a fair point for Latics against Wolves
  • Rosler praises “exceptional” Fortune
  • Barnett took his chance says Rosler

Latics boss Uwe Rosler says he hopes Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Wolves will help his side garner more confidence on the ball when they return to action after the international break.

The German boss felt his side were excellent in working hard at their game plan and he was also happy with how his side shaped up without the ball.

However, Rosler is looking for more composure from his side, something he believes will come with confidence.

“We had a game plan set out for how we wanted to address the way they play and, off the ball, at times, I thought we were excellent,” Rosler explained.

“When we had the ball, we didn’t play as good as we can or with the freedom we can play with and I don’t know why that is, perhaps it’s still a confidence issue or whether it’s because we focus too much on how we win the ball.

“With the excellent players we have, there should, at times, be a little bit more composure but overall I felt the players continued from last Tuesday with the effort, the determination, the discipline and the desire to win.

“There were a lot of things that were good; we followed the game plan hard and put a lot in to that but when we win the ball, that’s when football really starts.

“I think we have to address that and play with more freedom but overall a fair point for both teams.”

Rosler also reserved praise for striker Marc-Antoine Fortuné who scored his first Sky Bet Championship goal of the season to give Latics a half-time lead.

“I think Marco has been exceptional,” he added. “He was told by me at the beginning of the season that I would prefer to use the players who have joined the club and Marco has been an exceptional professional, he kept focused, he concentrated on keeping himself fit, he’s good around the place and now we’re in a situation where I needed proven quality in the Championship and that’s what Marco gives us because he has that.

“Today, he was excellent, he was good against Bournemouth but today he was excellent; he deserved his goal and I’m happy that I didn’t let him go out on loan.”

Leon Barnett made his 50th Latics start at Wolves, his first league start of the season, and Rosler was also impressed with how the former Norwich City man took his opportunity.

“Leon Barnett was good last Tuesday when he come on and I think today he was excellent, he took his chance and he will be in the team now.

“I think I have options but players have to realise that I can only give them so many chances because we’re a top club in the Championship and, with the personnel we have, it can’t take you ten games to find your form.”

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