Latics’ response late on pleases Rosler, but defeat was hard to take.
- Late Latics response pleasing.
- Defeat to Ipswich tough to swallow.
- Forshaw pleasing in first start.
Speaking after last night’s 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town at the DW Stadium, Uwe Rosler said it was a tough defeat to take after Latics mounted a late come back, but couldn’t grab a point.
“The defeat was hard to swallow,” said Rosler.
“I disagree with what Mick McCarthy said, that Ipswich dominated the game and that they could have won by more goals.
“I have to compliment them though, they roughened us up and bullied us at times in the first half.”
Rosler admitted Latics didn’t match up to the visitors in the first half, but was pleased with the response in the final 20 minutes of the game.
“We had a decent start, but we couldn’t get any momentum up because we couldn’t stay on the ball.
“We couldn’t compete today in periods of the first half, we weren’t good enough in standing up to Ipswich.
“I was very happy with the response in the last 20 minutes, but it was very difficult in the situation we got ourselves into, but we kept it going and that speaks volumes for the character of the players and I think we should have been rewarded with at least a draw.
“In general we can’t afford to start becoming brave and competitive when we’re already on the losing end of things. We have to start games in the same manner we ended this one.”
Focusing on the two goals Latics conceded, Rosler continued:
“The first goal we were ball watching, we had enough defenders in the box to clear it but we lost concentration.
“The second goal was typical again, the ball bouncing around and we couldn’t get it away quick enough, they punished us at the vital moments.
“I said at half time we would get our chances, push them and keep ourselves in the game, but the second goal came from pretty much nothing.
“We played with a back four, and we found out that there are more holes in our defence than when we play our usual back three.”
Andy Delort, William Kvist and Adam Forshaw all made their home debuts for Latics, with the latter making his first start for the club.
On Forshaw, Rosler said:
“It was Adam’s first start since the end of last season, he certainly grew into the game and in the last 20 minutes we saw the Adam Forshaw which we were delighted to sign on the final day of the transfer window.
“He’s a young player who I have a lot of time for. He’s not 100% match fit, but he will grow into this team and he finished the game very strongly.”