Uwe Rosler paid tribute to matchwinner Jordi Gomez, whose last minute free kick helped Latics come from behind to take all three points against Charlton Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Latics fell behind early on in the encounter through Marvin Sordell’s opener, but after knocking on the door almost continuously thereafter, finally got their breakthrough when Marc-Antoine Fortune levelled up in the 88th minute, moments before Gomez’s trademark strike.
Speaking after the game, Rosler said of the Spaniard:
“I had considered starting Jordi from the beginning today but changed my mind at the last minute. He wanted to start so was obviously disappointed not to be in the starting eleven, but what fantastic professionalism he showed when he came on.
“It says a lot about him that he came off the bench and gave everything he had to help us not only get back into the game, but win it as well.
“I have to admit that I wasn’t 100% convinced that we would find the breakthrough; I thought it was going to be one of those days when we had total domination but couldn’t open the door.
“We had 28 attempts on goal but only seven were on target, which clearly shows the area we need to improve in.
“But I have to pay big compliments to my players, because we chased the game in the right manner and the substitutions in the second half really lifted us and helped us to turn the game around.
“I’m really happy for them because these are the games we need to dig deep in to get something out of it, and they did that.
“I think there might have been someone looking down on us today to help as well and make sure we got a little bit of justice in the end, especially after having a perfectly good goal disallowed at the start of the second half.
“Nicky Maynard was clearly onside when he found the back of the net, and he more than anyone needs a goal right now to reward the hard work he has put in for us since joining. It’s difficult to understand why the linesman ruled it out, but thankfully we got the three points in the end.”
Gomez was one of three influential second half substitutions, with Fortune another who got on the scoresheet and Josh McEachran, who came on to make his Wigan Athletic debut after signing on loan from Chelsea recently.
Rosler said earlier in the week that McEachran was ahead of schedule in terms of being fully match-fit in time for the game, and was impressed once again with the 20-year-old’s performance on the pitch, saying:
“We brought Josh on to help push Ben forward a little more, whilst still being able to start the play from the back.
“Josh enabled us to do that but it was also a chance for me to see where Josh is up to in terms of his fitness and I have to say he was magnificent when he got on the ball, moving it through the lines and creating the first goal.”
Latics have now suffered just one defeat in the last twelve games in all competitions, and with a full week to get ready for next Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town Rosler hopes they can pick up at the John Smith’s Stadium where they left off at the DW Stadium, explaining:
“We have a full week to prepare for our next game against Huddersfield, and we tend to do well when we’ve had that preparation time behind us.
“So I’m looking forward to the game, but it won’t be easy against a good footballing side. We must continue our good form and keep moving towards the play off positions.”