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ROSLER – “WE NEED TO BE BETTER IN THE FINAL 20 METRES”

22 October 2014

Boss looks back on Millwall stalemate.

  • We’re doing everything right up until the final third
  • Figueroa did well on Latics return
  • The players showed a response in difficult conditions

Latics boss Uwe Rosler says his side need to begin doing things right in the final third after a third consecutive 0-0 home draw.

Millwall were the latest side to play out a goalless draw at the DW Stadium as Latics rued their luck with Callum McManaman hitting the bar in the second-half.

Rosler was pleased with how his side started the game but he felt the tempo dropped as the game went on with Latics struggling in the final 20 metres of the pitch.

“I think we had a game-plan to play with two strikers to try and put more pressure on them and drag the full-backs out of position whilst also working their centre-halves,” Rosler explained.

“We started the game very well; the pitch was very soft and very heavy and in the first 30 minutes I was happy.

“Then we slowed down and tried to do different things, [in the] second-half we tried to find that momentum back and play in their half and most of the time we did but I’ve just watched the crosses and all the final third situations back and that is our problem, in the last 20 metres.

“I think it’s a little bit about the quality as well because we do everything right up until the last 20 metres and then we are not acting like we should act, especially for the quality of players we have in our squad.”

A positive to come out of the evening was the return of Maynor Figueroa, who re-signed for Latics on a one-month loan deal from Hull City.

And Rosler was pleased with the Honduran’s performance.

“I felt he was very good and very solid considering he hasn’t played much football,” he said.

“He’s a class player, he knows his position in and out and he knows what to do defensively, how to deliver balls into the frontmen and, to be fair, the people in front of him helped him with good movement tonight.

“I was happy with his contribution and I was happy in general but what counts in football is both boxes and, unfortunately, in the penalty area we weren’t good today.”

McManaman’s effort followed up near misses for Shaun Maloney and James McClean as Latics rued missed chances in their search for a first win in eight games.

But Rosler was again pleased with his players desire and how they responded to the difficult conditions.

“I said to the players that they showed the response in difficult conditions and showed a better desire to show everybody that we really wanted to win,” Rosler added.

“On another day the chip from Callum goes in but tonight it hit the bar.”

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