A delighted Uwe Rosler once again praised the performance of his players after they secured back-to-back league victories for the first time this season, with a 2-1 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The German punched the air with joy at the final whistle as his team survived a late Reading onslaught to take all three points back home with them, and speaking to Latics Player shortly after expressed his satisfaction, saying:
“I was very proud; we started the game like we have started our previous matches and executed the game plan perfectly, causing Reading real problems and we saw how they lost their confidence in playing the ball out from the back.
“The first half was very impressive, the crowd got on their team’s back and we knew that late on we would tire, but the difference this time from the Bolton game was that we created a number fantastic chances to put the game to bed.
“The players dug in and have shown a tremendous winning attitude, but injuries during the game mean that we have paid a heavy price for victory which will set us a new challenge for the coming weeks.
“We had so many opportunities in the first half to keep the ball better so I wanted to bring Jordi on because he is such an intelligent player who can control the tempo of any game and I felt he played an instrumental role when he came on, setting up the counter attack and creating many of the good chances we had.”
Rosler made three changes at the start of the day from the team that kicked off against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek which saw Ali Al Habsi make his first appearance of the season in place of Scott Carson who picked up a thigh injury prior to the game.
Rosler admitted it was a gamble to bring in the Omani international following surgery on a shoulder injury, but was pleased to see him come through the test as he expected, saying:
“Ali was a late call up and hasn’t had enough game time since coming back from such a serious injury, so it was a bit of a gamble to put him in but I know he has the experience and quality to guide him through a game like that one.
“His sharpness has been getting better and better in training and his timing was very good today in knowing when to come off the line, so I thought he produced a very good performance.”
With a 100% league record to his name, Rosler paid credit to the players for their response to his arrival and the way in which they have adopted his instructions:
“I told the players before the game that I have been very happy with how they have opened up to me and taken on board the information we’ve given them.
“They are also seeing how the things we’re trying to do are working for them, pressing high and passing more vertically then horizontally. Before I arrived the problem had been scoring goals, but we’re finding the back of the net regularly now.”