Boss pleased with energy and desire after goalless draw with high-flying Nottingham Forest.
• We got the reaction we wanted
• Thank you to very loyal supporters and the chairman
• We need to build on that performance at Wolves
Latics boss Uwe Rosler says the result came second to the reaction after tonight’s 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.
The German boss watched on as his side played out a fair stalemate with Stuart Pearce’s side, though Latics could have won it through efforts from James McClean and Emmerson Boyce.
And Rosler said from the outset a reaction to back-to-back defeats was paramount.
“I told the players today that the result came second because for me it was more important about the reaction and about the performance; I think my players delivered that against a very good Nottingham Forest side,” Rosler explained.
“The draw was a fair result I felt because they had two good chances and we had two great chances as well.
“First and foremost, what was good for me was that we were on the front foot, we competed better in midfield, won more balls and we were driving forward.”
Rosler was also full of superlatives for the fans who turned out a fine performance of their own, getting behind the players and the former Manchester City man throughout the evening.
He also thanked chairman Dave Whelan for his backing and inspiration to the players in a chat before kick-off on Tuesday night.
“The response I was looking for was there and I thank the supporters because they were there with us from the first to the last minute supporting the team, supporting me,” he added.
“[The relationship] between players and supporters is always simple, when they see that we give everything, they’ll be right behind us.
“We have very loyal supporters but it’s up to us and when we play that sort of tempo and with that sort of desire we’ll be alright in the end.
“I also thank the chairman for giving me and the players reassurance before the game, it’s fantastic to work in this football club.
“In these times it’s important the chairman gets involved and I think he’s great, he’s fantastic to work with, we speak a lot and that helped me and the players today.”
James McClean made his first start of the season and impressed both fans and his manager alike with Rosler hoping his side can build on their performance at Wolves on Saturday.
“The introduction of James McClean helped us very much,” he continued. “I was looking for energy, looking for desire, looking for tempo and I think the best moments we had were when we kept the tempo high and when we worked the left-hand side.
“I’m happy; I want to build on that performance, hopefully we’ll recover quick and on to Wolves, build on that performance and go for it.
“We have to improve our away record, there’s no question about that and Wolves are a top team but it will suit us, like tonight, going into the game as underdogs because my players thrive on that challenge.”