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ROSLER – 'I’M DISAPPOINTED WE DIDN’T EXECUTE THE GAME PLAN'

27 September 2014

Boss disappointed with display in 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

  • Every defeat is tough when you are manager of Wigan Athletic.
  • Rosler embarrassed for chairman and supporters.
  • Fresh faces, including Callum McManaman, could be involved on Tuesday against Nottingham Forest.


Latics boss Uwe Rosler says he was disappointed his side couldn’t execute their game plan from the off on Saturday afternoon as Bournemouth ran out 2-0 winners at the Goldsands Stadium.

Goals from Yann Kermorgant and Simon Francis sent Eddie Howe’s side to victory with Latics now four without a win in the Sky Bet Championship.

And Rosler says every defeat as Wigan Athletic manager hurts him and he was especially disappointed with how his side failed to adapt to the game plan in the early stages of the game.

“Every defeat is tough when you are manager of Wigan Athletic and I’m disappointed that we didn’t execute the game plan from the first minute like we set out,” Rosler explained.

“I felt we got it right after 20 or 25 minutes as we limited them to playing on one side which allowed us to set out a good shape and not pressure them high, it was never discussed that we would pressure them high in their box and get stretched.

“I felt at that moment in time we balanced the game out, we neutralised each other and we looked dangerous on the counter at that point, I was quite happy because I felt we were right in the game.

“Then the goal came, purely out of nothing other than getting outmuscled at the back post.

“In the second half, the score played purely into the hands of Bournemouth who have a striker who is permanently running into the channels and it’s very hard to deal with that when you play high in midfield.”

Rosler, who was reluctant to make excuses, did suggest a lack of confidence in front of goal is still proving detrimental to his sides capabilities in the Sky Bet Championship.

And he says he is embarrassed on a personal note to the chairman and the supporters for not delivering a higher points total in the early stages of the season.

“Overall, I feel personally embarrassed to the chairman and to the supporters that we as a group can’t deliver better results at this time,” he added.

“We’re lacking confidence; we’re lacking Championship qualities in certain units of the pitch, in power, strength and confidence to move the ball quickly.

“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t break them down and that we didn’t have the power or the belief to score goals.”

Rosler will now switch his focus to Tuesday evening’s clash with high-flyers Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium and he says he is hopeful that Callum McManaman will be available for selection after this season’s top scorer failed to recover from a knock picked up against Ipswich town for the clash with the Cherries.

“We’ll fly home, do everything we can to recover in time and I think there will be players now, because we have a big squad and a lot of players have played game after game, who will get their chance,” Rosler continued.

“Callum has not trained this week, he has still had problems and to use Callum the way we want, like we have at the start of the season, I think it’s important that he feels free in his head and that he has no worries about his body.

“We have alternatives up front but I think he will be ready for Tuesday.”

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