A delighted Uwe Rosler says his team deserve to be in the hat for the fifth round of the FA Cup, after their performance overpowered Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A tense game was won by James McClean’s second half strike, after Ben Watson’s opener against his former club was cancelled out by Aaron Wilbraham after the break.
Overall, it was a deserved win for the home side who looked the better side throughout, drawing praise from the Manager who said:
“Well we valued our chances before the game as 50/50, and both sides fielded strong sides.
“It speaks volumes that we were able to break through Tony Pulis’ side that have many defensive qualities, and I think we could have put the game to bed fairly early on.
“In the end, Crystal Palace pushed us all the way to the end, but I’m delighted with how we responded to progress in the competition.
“If you look at the chances we created, and the quality of those chances, I think it’s clear that we deserved the victory, although perhaps we could have kept the ball a little better in their half towards the end of the game.
“But we’re working on that aspect, and in the meantime our fitness was good and we held on in the final minutes to secure the win.”
Rosler was pleased for McClean to open his goalscoring account for the club, a goal which he feels will give the player a boost for the remainder of the season, striking into the bottom corner to help the team regain the lead after Palace’s equaliser:
“We looked a little vulnerable from set pieces, and we gave them the opportunity to get back into the game through a corner kick which we should have dealt better with and will work hard to do so in the future.
“Thankfully, James scored the winning goal and he played well, as did all of our wide players. Together with Callum (McManaman) the pair gave us great momentum going forwards and looked a constant threat.
“James deserved that goal for his efforts and it will do his confidence a lot of good.
“Overall I think we should all be very happy with how we attacked and overcame a Premier League side, something which should stick in the memory.
“I’ve really enjoyed our home games and the atmosphere our fans have created, which has been fantastic.
“Now we need to go to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and make them proud of their team once again.”