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14 September 2014

Gaffer wants his side to be better in the decisive moments of games.

  • Second goal a turning point.
  • Kvist and Delort pleasing on debut.
  • Huddersfield a ‘must win’ game.

Latics boss Uwe Rosler was disappointed with the result but not too unhappy with his side’s performance after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Rosler watched on as Ivan Ramis missed a first-half penalty before James Perch gave Latics a second-half lead at Ewood Park only for a Ben Marshall double, as well as a strike from Jordan Rhodes, giving the hosts all three points.

The German boss was pleased with his side’s first-half performance, though he rued a few missed chances and the decision to award Rovers a free-kick prior to their second goal when Callum McManaman collided with Marcus Olsson.

“In the first half I thought we did well,” Rosler said. “We dealt well with their two top strikers, we dictated the game and finished the stronger in the first-half.

“We should have gone in ahead at half-time because we had bigger chances in the first-half.

“We went 1-0 up and obviously they grew into it from then; their first goal was very unlucky for us because it was a very good shot and we have to compliment the opposition player for that, our keeper couldn’t do anything after it went through the legs of the players.

“The second goal was an absolute turning point; I think we have no understanding for the decision the referee made for the free-kick and from that point on we obviously had problems.”

Emyr Huws had to be replaced in the second-half after picking up an injury and Rosler says that injury scuppered his plans to make tactical substitutions.

On a plus note, Rosler was pleased with the performances of Andy Delort and William Kvist with the pair making their first Latics starts.

“We wanted to make changes but then Emyr Huws suddenly needed to go off and that confused us a little bit,” he added.

“I was happy with both of the debutants considering they haven’t been with us long and considering that Delort had not played much football, I think both of them had a reasonably good debut for us.”

And now Latics move on to a clash at struggling Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening and the gaffer has labelled that tie as a must-win.

“We have to win at Huddersfield, that’s the bottom line,” Rosler stated.

“Every team is a good side in our league and every team is competitive so wherever you go home or away it will always be a challenge.

“We needed one win out of these two away games at least so now we have to go to Huddersfield and get a win.”

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